Restoring the Peace River Basin
Over the years, extensive phosphate mining, agricultural operations and urban development took a toll on the2,350-square-mile Peace River Basin, greatly reducing wetland and stream acreages and surface-waterdischarge, and diminishing the water quality.In 1995, a memorandum of understanding between the
, Florida DEP, SW Florida Water ManagementDistrict, Florida DOT and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers established the "Restoration and Mitigation of the UpperPeace River Watershed at Tenoroc Fish Management Area" project to create wetlands, enhance wildlife habitatand improve water quantity and quality within the Peace River Basin.
Wetland restoration at Tenoroc Fish Mgt. Area - from overgrownphosphate mine to functioning wetland.(FWC photo by Gary Morse)Black-bellied whistling ducks take up residence in restoredwetland at Tenoroc Fish Mgt. Area.(FWC photo by Gary Morse)
It's a multi-phased project for the
Division of Habitat & Species Conservation
. The most recentlycompleted step saw creation of a 161-acre waterfowl area and a 1.5-mile stream, installation of two mainwater-control structures, reclamation of a 131-acre mined area, enhancement of an 89-acre wetland system,and removal and restoration of a drainage ditch running through an existing bayhead. Total revegetationincludes 5,191 native trees, 92,782 native shrubs and grass plants and 167,705 native herbaceous aquaticplants.Top of page
Report violators…with your thumbs
Since 1979, the
Wildlife Alert Reward Program
has helped the FWC catch thousands of violators throughphone calls and online submissions from the public. Now, it has another tool: text messaging.Citizens can now textTip@MyFWC.comto report a violation.Once a report is initiated, FWC dispatchers can reply by textmessage and gather additional details. This new option isconvenient for citizens and highlights the valuable role theyplay in supporting law enforcement. And (we hope) it will makeWildlife Alert even more effective in catching poachers andother violators.
LE, Field Services Section
) put in great effort todesign an in-house solution to receive and manage the textedtips and route them to the appropriate regionalcommunications center.
The result is a cost savings - eliminating the need for additional software or an outside vendor. TheInvestigations Section staff has assisted in coordinating with members of the Wildlife Alert Reward Association