Jul 19, 2017

River whereabouts

Thanks to early June rains ...

Turner River stage rose 5 feet.

Turner River stage over the past couple months compared to the long term-average and navigability thresholds (i.e. canoes/kayaks)

A month later it's dropped a foot and a half ...

But it's still tracking at the long-term "normal" summer peak.

Jul 11, 2017

Two hydrologists with one storm

Sometimes I get more rain than I bargain for:

One storm at work mid-day ...

Summer storms in the swamp
move from East-to-West

And then another on the ride home into town.

Jun 29, 2017

End of boardwalk

Center thalweg of Kirby Storter
Strand (foreground) looking North across
Tamiami Trail

Reserved parking?

Among other things, this photo shows:
  • Kirby Storter Strand,
  • Kirby Storter Boardwalk,
  • Water pooling on north side of Tamiami Trail,
  • Beautiful Big Cypress Nat'l Preserve, and
  • An empty parking lot.

As seen looking North last week

Parking of course is free.

I'm guessing it's the mosquitoes that are chasing everyone away.

Jun 28, 2017

Source of the river?

The pools at the headwaters of the Turner River ...

Are are actually described as a terminus (from a navigational sense).

View of Turner River where it crosses
the Tamiami Trail looking Northeast.

Turner River Road is in the background.

It's source is the swampy watershed that surrounds it on all sides.

Thanks to installation of new culverts under Turner River Road with the help of Collier County, the Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC's) Aquatic Habitate Restoration/ Enhancement (ARHE) program, and the South Florida National Parks Trust (SFNPT) the river's "water source" has been expanded.

Water trap

Two roads meet in a swampy wood ...

Behind which, after times of abundant rainfall, water collects.

View of Tamiami Trail (in foreground)
looking North at Turner River Road.

Can you see the Turner
River's headwater pools?

This year that pool of water behind the Tamiami Trail (foreground) actually back flowed in a northward direction (i.e the wrong way) until it found the southern most culverts under Turner River Road (background) and continued its journey East.

Funny things happen when you get 15 inches of rain in one day.

Jun 27, 2017

Don't blame the rain!

The only antidote to too much rain ...

Is letting it spread out.

Otherwise it piles up in one spot.

Of course that's easier said than done.

Jun 26, 2017

Flow reversal (at the Turner River!)

Usually Turner River is fed from its headwaters ...

Flowing from north to south.

Except in this case.

Water (still) on the rise

Swamp levels have started to subside ...

But in Water Conservation Area 3A water continues to rise.

Calendar chart showing
where the water table in 3A is
now relative to the historical record

That's because inputs flowing in exceed outputs flowing out.

A lot of water managers are discussing options to help spread the water out.

Hint: That could mean more water for the swamp.

Jun 25, 2017

Did somebody say "drought?"

It's easy to forget ...

That a month ago we were still in a deep drought.

The same culvert in June (top)
and May (bottom) as seen a few
miles north on Turner River
Road looking south

Now here we are knee-deep in a record-wet June.