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Removing Rodman Dam makes sense financially, study finds

The Rodman Dam.
Free the Ocklawaha
The Rodman Dam.

A government watchdog group is recommending that Florida breach Putnam County’s Rodman dam and restore the Ocklawaha River’s natural flow to the St. Johns River.

“To do otherwise would be a dam shame,” concluded a report that Florida TaxWatch released Tuesday endorsing an idea that environmental activists have championed for decades.

The report, which encourages state lawmakers to fund what’s called partial restoration of the Ocklawaha, bolsters calls from activists who this month produced polling reporting that 77% of likely voters in Putnam and Marion counties supported breaching the dam, which is about a half-century old and needs maintenance.

Read the rest of this story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.