Video Evidence of Taxpayer Dollars Wasted on Everglades Bridging & Water Pollution Killing Wildlife

The news stations and public have been misinformed about the water flowing south through the new 81 to 100 million dollar one mile bridge. The fact is that not a drop has been let through as of yet; the water is too polluted according to National Park regulations to run it south through the National Park. The question is if the water is flowed south will it be able to flow through the National Park the majority of the year? Now a 2.6 mile bridge is in sight, and additional 2.9 miles of bridging to proceed it. The problem we see is that the first 1 mile bridge has not yet been tested. The truth to the whole matter is, the Everglades biggest problem lies up north with pollution that should be corrected before spending taxpayers money on a science project that will be a permeant costly disaster if it does not work.

We have studied the water flow patterns through the existing culverts for many decades. We have seen how the wildlife has been affected and have analyzed the situation as a whole. The ecosystem and wildlife is disappearing and suffering. Wildlife is becoming smaller in size, becoming weaker, and natural life spans are getting shorter. In 1998 a florida panther was found dead in Everglades Shark River Slough with levels of mercury so high it could kill an adult human.

Right now and for the past several months before the 81 to 100 million dollar bridge was even finished water has actually been flowing through the National Park from south to north through the existing culverts; yes, backwards because the water is too polluted. Everyday a test by one of us has been conducted on the bridge to test the direction of the water flow. A hand full of sand is dropped at the opening, but it sinks straight to the bottom. If the flow of water was flowing south the sand would visibly be carried in that direction. Imagine 2.6 miles of water flowing backwards, (yes north) verses the culverts that are in place now. That equals a lot more water traveling north because water pollution regulations do not permit them to flow south through the National Park. Also sending water south would require permission from the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida, which owns lands south of Lake Okeechobee and north of Everglades National Park. The Miccosukee Tribe is against the polluted waters being flowed into their land, and they are taking action to preserve their way of life. They would not be able to survive if the water and food is all poisoned. According to Earth Justice the pumps for polluted water on average contribute the equivalent of 60,000 one hundred pound bag of phosphorus to Lake Okeechobee each year.

If the bridging is in place unnatural water depths will follow unnatural hydro-periods and water flow patterns. Now all the wildlife’s hammocks will be under water, and there will be no dry land. This will result in unhealthy conditions. More water, more water, more water, is not the answer; Clean water, clean water, clean water, is the answer! Because of being in a hurry to build all these bridges that cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars are we really going to sacrifice one environment to stop salt water intrusion down south into the bay? Remember there’s only one Everglades and its all connected. All these bridges do not save the Everglades, they flood and pollute them more then they already are. We are affecting the entire food chain and ecosystem. We have to treat the source of infection instead of covering it up with a bandaid.

15 thoughts on “Video Evidence of Taxpayer Dollars Wasted on Everglades Bridging & Water Pollution Killing Wildlife”

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  2. This was posted by Eric Kimmel in reply to this video

    Not only the pollution and misdirection of water the extended hydro-period
    caused by stacking the polluted water is have adverse impacts throughout
    the system.
    For as long as I can remember despite all the comments and information
    provided by very knowledgeable people the agencies ignore common sense and
    science continue abuse our public lands, spend money foolishly on
    whatsoever pet project the agencies wish to support

  3. Native American populations were decimated by the “White Man” now their
    land is being destroyed as well!
    The White Man is the worst invasive specie we have here affecting the
    Florida Everglades..

  4. We have been lied to and led to believe that the new 1 mile bridge is
    working, but we have video evidence that it is not working. The 2.6 mile
    bridge is next to be built before even testing the new 1 mile bridge. This
    bridge will be a huge disaster. The negative effects the new proposed 2.6
    mile bridge will be irreversible. We the people have the power to stop the
    corruption, and irresponsible decisions that are being made behind our
    backs. We will show you the truth about how taxpayers are about to lose
    billions of dollars, and how wildlife will pay with their lives.

  5. The hydrology in this area is dynamic and somewhat complicated. However,
    we have been measuring the flow through these culverts twice per month
    since 1949 and have a pretty good handle on the way things work here. I
    would be happy to provide an analysis and presentation of the hydrology of
    L29 and, what we call, Northeast Shark Slough at any time that is
    convenient for you. Feel free to call anytime.

    Kevin Kotun
    Chief Hydrologist,
    Everglades National Park
    305.972.3640

  6. +Kev Kilo Thank you for your reply Sir. Are you aware that when there is a
    drought or when the locks at #334 are opened the water flows from South to
    North underneath the culverts where the center of the proposed 2.6 Mile
    Bridge is planned to be built? 

  7. I attended a meeting by the State of Florida, AECOM and yes I wrote an
    article on this Please email me and I can send you the link. 

  8. Update: USGS measured the water flow in the area of the proposed 2.6 mile
    bridge the other day. Their findings were that their is indeed a negative
    flow meaning the water is flowing back north through about 9 culverts in
    the area.

  9. I had John from the Sierra Club write me an email. Below you can read his
    email, and my response to him. Seems like when ever someone enquires about
    this video they get the same generic response with NO REAL ANSWERS to the
    problem.

    Below is the
    conversation…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    Dear Mr. Harkness,

    Thank you for contacting the Sierra Club. We took a look at your video and
    consulted with scientists at Everglades National Park. Your video actually
    demonstrates the need to restore flow across the central Everglades and
    elevate Tamiami Trail.

    As you have documented, there is some localized northward flow just to the
    east of S333, because the water level on the west of the L67 extension
    levee is higher than water level on the east. Water levels are
    substantially lower in Northeast Shark Slough than western shark slough
    because of water management. This all part of the reason why we need to
    restore more natural flow by elevating the road. The net water flow through
    the culverts documented by the US Geological Survey since 1939 is north to
    south, and water will flow north to south as we redirect more water into
    Northeast Shark Slough under the 2.6 mile bridge.

    Sincerely,

    Jonathan Ullman
    Senior Everglades Representative
    Sierra Club

    The reply to the
    conversation…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    Hi Jonathan

    I would like to thank you for writing me and taking the time to look into
    this.

    Keep in mind the entire time since the 1 mile bridge has been built water
    has not flowed South underneath it.

    Have Water Management and the National Park explain why they have not
    flowed water South? This is the first question we should have an answer
    too. We know it has not flowed South because we have checked it everyday
    since it’s completion.

    In the future when water is available we know the water will flow South. We
    agree with everybody about this point. But any time it is not flowed South
    the water will flow North due to not having enough water, being polluted,
    or during droughts. The bridges are going to allow the South Side to dry up
    in less than 24 hours during droughts and will cause a shock factor to
    local wildlife. Even during times when water is flowed South water levels
    will be so high that wildlife will not have land, and the excessive amounts
    of water will rot the vegetation destroying our ecosystem.
    This leads to the second question that needs to be asked and answered. How
    does Water Management and National Park stop the Northern water flow
    underneath all this bridging when lock 334 opens and water is flowed South
    East of the lock, and when lock 333 is closed? This will create a vacuum
    suction drying out the South Side. A better solution they should look into
    is putting locks in the place of the 2.6 mile bridge area. This will
    prevent Northern water flow, and have more control over the water while
    achieving the Southern water flow in times of need. This scenario might not
    be as pretty as the view from the top of the concrete bridge, but it sure
    will save the South side of the Everglades from flooding, and loss of
    wildlife.This is not something you just slap together because you get some
    taxpayer money.

    Sierra Club if you truly care about the Everglades you will get answers for
    these specific questions and scenarios.

  10. Update: USGS measured the water flow in the area of the proposed 2.6 mile
    bridge yesterday 01.23.14 . Ounce again they found that the water is
    flowing North through the Tamiami culverts.

  11. Every time someone contacts the National Park for answers regarding this
    video they get the same general responses with no real answers.

    National Park response #1) There is some localized northward flow just to
    the east of S333, because the water level on the west of the L67 extension
    levee is higher than water level on the east.

    National Park response #2) The hydrology in the area is complicated, but we
    have been studying it for years and have a good handle on it.

    What they won’t tell you because they can’t is how are they going to stop
    the South side from drying up during times of drought, water pollution, or
    when lock #334 is opened because they need water? The answer is with a 2.6
    mile bridge you won’t be able to.

    People are finally starting to understand and it is very important for all
    of us to continue to watch & share this video as much as we can as we are
    the protecters of the Everglades.

  12. Update: Inside official source confirms that the new Everglades one mile
    bridge is not achieving the results that were expected. Also water is still
    flowing from South to North in the area of the proposed 2.6 mile bridge.

  13. Update: The 333 Lock was opened allowing the L29 Canal to rise up to 6.8′
    allowing water to flow South. The water level on the West side of the 333
    Lock was at 9.8′. The 334 Lock on the East end of the L29 Canal was closed.

    However, we tested the water flow underneath the New 1 Mile Bridge and it
    was still not flowing South as it was intended to do even though the water
    table was raised.

    It is great news that the water is flowing South today. The culverts radius
    is small and the water gets pushed through with pressure for it to travel
    South. This is a fact that Water Management knows about it. Another good
    thing about the culverts is you can block the water from flowing back North
    in case there is not enough water to send South, High Pollution, or in
    times of Droughts. If you put in place a 2.6 Mile Bridge you will have no
    way to control the water from coming back North. You also have to keep in
    mind when they open the 334 Lock to send water to the farms it’s going to
    suck the water out from the South through the 2.6 Mile Bridge drying out
    the South side over night and there will be no way to stop it!

    Here are some questions taxpayers should be asking the Everglades National
    Park:

    1) Where will you get enough water to flow South all the time?
    2) How will you clean the water pollution fast enough?
    3) How will you stop the water from flowing back North when you do not have
    enough water or when it’s polluted?
    4) Are you going to sacrifice the delicate Eco-System on the South side by
    drying it up overnight each time the farmer’s need water?

    Instead of a bridge they should consider a lock to control the water or
    clear out the existing culverts and to put more focus on cleaning the
    water. 

  14. The water on the South side has been low since March. The water has dropped
    over 6″ in April alone. The lower the water gets the faster the water goes
    from South to North through the culverts on Tamiami Trail near the proposed
    2.6 Mile Bridge. Again, if there was a bridge here you would not be able to
    control the water going North and the South side would dry up over night!

  15. WHAT IS THE STATUS ON THIS ISSUE? HAS YOU REACHED OUT TO THE MEDIA & LOCAL
    POLITICANS AT ALL?

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