In Pinecrest, the South Florida Water Management District has started a project to remove the trees along the C-100 canal to prevent flooding in case of a hurricane.
I decided to go down the canal in my kayak to see what was being done.
I was taken back because of all the ecological damage being done by this radical operation. I emailed the person in charge of my concerns. He immediately replied.
When I asked if any ecological study had been made prior to commencing of this project, I was told No.
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While kayaking, I saw iguanas laying on the trunks of the cut trees, ducks and ducklings, koi fishes trying to find natural protection, dead fish and a turtle with its shell cracked.
I asked the man if this had been collateral damage and if the contractors were reporting when they accidentally killed the wildlife.
Again the answer was No. The contractors provided no reports or any records of the damage they were causing. When I informed him many of these trees had become natural habitats for wildlife and their younglings, he stated the concern is human first, animal second.
Though the man was cordial, he and the department’s concerns were the complete removal of the trees at whatever cost to our ecosystem.
He said he and his contractors were sensitive to the wildlife and the damage being caused, but human first.
On a side note, the workers couldn’t care less about the damage. When I asked them to pick up the garbage they had in the canal, one worker denied it was theirs until the other guy told him it was theirs. The workers said they had their hands full with the big machinery they were using.
Should we really be taking this nonchalant attitude about the destruction of our wildlife? Why was there never a study done? Why did they not keep up the canal to minimize the environmental damage?