Patoka Lake has not always been the exciting, enjoyable weekend get-away as many have remembered it. In the early 1960s, two communities surrounding the lake - Jasper and Dubois - would have suffered tremendously from the reoccurring flooding. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as the state of Indiana worked together through the Flood Control Act to create the reservoir, thus inventing the wonderful recreational area that surrounds Patoka Lake.
“In the 1960s, for the folks in and around Ellsworth, [Indiana,] living life decades behind the time was just the way it was. Manpower over technology. The comfort of tradition over the anxiety of change,” stated Jason Recker, a journalist for The Herald. Patoka Reservoir, an economic center for recreation and flood control, encompasses 8,800 acres of land. Before its construction, a thriving community inhabited the fertile terrain along the Patoka River. Towns of this former neighborhood included Elon, Newton-Stewart, and Ellsworth. (Recker 1) Families lived their everyday lives as farmers, with an occasional visit from a local peddler. One day, though, a new kind of visit altered their peaceful ways. A government-sent official arrived
I visited a place in Waco Texas where I reside. Waco is situated between Dallas and Austin. It was a park called Indian Spring Park. This park is on the west side of the Brazos River. People
The Colorado River Basin starts in the Rocky Mountains and cuts through 1500 miles of canyon lands and deserts of seven US states and two Mexican states to supply a collection of dams and reservoirs with water to help irrigate cropland, support 40 million people, and provide hydroelectric power for the inland western United States [1,2]. From early settlement, rights over the river have been debated and reassigned to different states in the upper and lower basin; however, all the distribution patterns lead to excessive consumption of the resource. In 1922, the seven US states signed into the Colorado River Compact, which outlined the policy for the distribution rights to the water , however, this compact was written during an exceptionally
A spring is a point where underground water emerges onto the Earth’s surface (Scott et al, 2004, p. 354). Florida springs are an important resource throughout the state: recreation, agricultural, public supply, and so forth. Indeed, many Florida springs have historical prominence in their respective regions. Florida’s karst topography is truly unique; the state’s bedrock is composed of limestone (and some dolostone), which formed over eons and is the remains of deceased sea creatures. This limestone is very susceptible to dissolution, and over time water has seeped through the bedrock to form underground aquifers. When parts of these aquifers reach the surface, a spring is formed. Anthropogenic activities can influence the health of Florida’s springs. For example, stormwater runoff can carry many harmful chemicals to springs. Florida’s springs are connected to the Floridan aquifer -- the underground drinking water source for much of the state’s residents. The importance of Florida’s springs goes beyond environmental processes. To further the scientific pool of knowledge, enhance public understanding, and clarify current gaps in the current state of knowledge related to Florida springs, it is important to analyze existing data; this paper aims to contribute to all of
of Lake Mead. The graph calculates when the reservoirs level increases and when there is a drought. The reservoir was formed by the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River in
Located approximately ten miles west of Nacogdoches, Texas, Lake Nacogdoches is continuing to provide beautiful real estate for Texans and Texas newcomers alike. Covering over two thousand acres, Lake Nacogdoches is known for its beautiful lakefront properties, as well as well as lakefront outdoor activities. In purchasing on or near the lake, there is much to see and do in the area, as well as in surrounding areas.
On October 8th, 2015 our 8-Orange team took a field trip to the Conodoguinet Creek to test the water quality. The Conodoguinet Creek was tested about 2 different times. It was tested about 2 times to take a test to see if the water was polluted or unpolluted. The results will help you understand the conflict of the Conodoguinet Creek.The water came up to about our knees. This trip was different but very informational.
Wakulla Springs is one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world. The spring flow rate is about two hundred million gallons of water a day. The water flow of the springs develops at the caves of the Florida Aquafers. The water then forms the Wakulla River and flows 9 miles southeast. After flowing 9 miles the Wakulla River joins the St. Marks River. The St. Marks River then empties out into the Gulf of Mexico at the Apalachee Bay. Part of the Wakulla Springs water system is the Wakulla underwater cave system. The Wakulla- Leo Sink cave system is the longest underwater cave system in the United States (Friends of Wakulla Springs).
Why is the Yadkin Pee Dee River Basin so important? Might it be because of the history it has with helping pilgrims settle in North Carolina? Or might it be because it drains not only parts of North Carolina, but also parts of South Carolinas. Some interesting information of the Yadkin River would be that there are a total number of 22 counties in the basin and, another fact would be that there is a total of 22988 acres of lakes in the basin. Another interesting fact would be that the population of the basin is about 1,463,535 people
The thousands of tourists and residents that enjoy these springs are a very good reason to protect and cherish them. The recreation is not as important to preserve as the quality and amount of drinking water that the springs produce. The joy that the springs give so many people and the revenue they could generate are valid reasons to be concerned about their condition and their future. The labyrinth of caves has been a favorite of cave divers for more than 40 years. The diving can be quite dangerous though. Without proper precaution and safety measures divers can very well get lost or trapped in the caves. In the last 40 years or so, about 300 divers have died in the caves. Communities have always been based around the springs. Everyone from the Native Americans to the settlers would have used the springs for food and water. These springs made life in Florida possible and their importance and heritage needs to be remembered and appreciated. Small communities like Ichetucknee are completely dependent on their spring for their way of life. The spring and surrounding community are a cultural landmark. When the springs become endangered, the communities and the small town way of life for North and Central Florida become endangered. Ichetucknee Springs are endangered, just as many across the state are. Chemicals and waste from Lake City, a town 15 miles away are showing up in trace amounts in the spring. The
Located in North Central Florida, Rainbow Springs, originally known as Blue Springs, in Dunnellon, was one of the many tourist attracting springs that offered visitors a view of the spring's bottom. Unlike Silver Springs that provided park attendee's a view through a glass bottom boat, Rainbow Springs provided paid admissions a view with “submarine boats.”
The Withlacoochee River Park lies on four-hundred and six acres of land, however, the area it is essentially part of is much larger system known as the Green Swamp, a 560,000 acre area that supplies a massive amount of drinking water to our state’s population. In addition, the swamp provides habitats for a plethora of Florida’s native wildlife, including alligators, white-tailed deer, and black bears. The Green Swamp is also contains one of the largest cypress swamps in the state of Florida, meaning Withlacoochee River Park is a highly important ecological asset to Florida’s natural environment.
The Okefenokee Swamp is one of the largest swamps in North America and is located in the south eastern part of Georgia.In the Okefenokee Swamp, things look about the same as it did a century ago. Scattered relics found there, remind us of the people who tried to conquer the swamp. The Okefenokee swamp is what it always has been, vast and unspoiled and overwhelming in its wildness. The swamps unfolds itself from miles and miles with no houses or roads or people. Nearly 700 square miles of wilderness. On a foggy morning there is a softness to the Okefenokee.The okefenokee, a black water swamp is one of the largest and most significant wetland complexes in the United States. The Okefenokee’s waters are clear but dark, stained a deep coffee color
Florida springs are one of our state's biggest natural resources; with the state having over 900 springs, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has made groundwater management a major priority, with Governor Rick Scott including 69 million dollars for spring water protection in the 2014 budget.