Lake Tarpon History
Monday, March 4, 1968 CLEARWATER SUN
TEST DYES DISAPPEAR
Bayou To Lake Tarpon Link Baffles Survey Team
By EVA BURLEY - Sun Correspondent
TARPON SPRINGS - "Where did the dye go that was put into the underwater spring in Spring Bayou?" is the question that the U.S. Geological Survey Tampa office is trying to answer out today, Rodney Cherry, hydrologist of the Tampa office said this morning.
According to Cherry the dye placed in Spring Bayou Thurs day to see if it would "show up" in the sinkhole in Lake Tarpon that is said to be connected by an underground stream did not show up in a test made in the Tampa laboratory Friday.
The hydrologist said in the preliminary test samples of water were taken from 65 foot down in the lake sinkhole.
"The dye could not be seen with the naked eye or under a fluorometer. The dye used was fluorescein water soluble dye."
The U.S. Geological Survey office is making the tests to determine if the lake and spring are connected with "only one underground stream."
The Southwest Florida Water Management District already has planned for a unique earth dam. The dam to enclose the hole in Lake Tarpon that is supposed to connect with the bayou that is salty because the water from the Gulf of Mexico connects with the waterways in Tarpon Springs.
Construction of this dam has been planned to start after the outfall canal is completed which is expected to be in the near future. Cost was estimated between $75,000 and $100,000 for the lake dam, not including any of the facility except the levee and controls. The dam will be approximately 1,100 feet long and constructed in a horseshoe shape with a distance of approximately 400 feet between the center of the structure and the shoreline.
Today tests are being made at both Spring Bayou and Lake Tarpon. Cherry said an attempt to compute the quanity and felqcity of water coming from the two springs were being made this morning with the outgoing and incoming tides.
Cherry said the felocity and quanity would be measured by special meter equipment. This is a very important test because if there are more than one spring connecting Spring Bayou and Lake Tarpon plans will have to be changed in the horseshoe dam.
"The possibility of Lake Tarpon becoming a fresh water lake might not be so bright if we find there is other sinkholes in Lake Tarpon," Cherry said. The plans for the dam were made by the Southwest Florida Water Management District with the idea that only one connection was between these two bodies of water.
Lake Tarpon Canal Start Is Pushed [date unknown]
WASHINGTON, D.C, (Tribune Bureau) — Rep. William Cramer yesterday sought authority for local interests to start immediate construction of the Lake Tarpon phase of the Four Rivers flood control project, with assurance of future repayment of the federal government's share.
The St. Petersburg Republican introduced a" bill in the House which would spell out - the guarantee aspect.
And in a separate move, he officially requested permission from the Secretary of the Army and the Budget Bureau for the advance construction.
That same approach was tried last year and the bill was approved in the House but died in the Senate.
The Four Rivers project as a whole has been authorized by Congress but no construction funds have been allotted, pending completion of the planning phase for some sections of it.
Lake Outfall Canal Nearing Completion [date unknown]
Completion of the outfall canal under construction between Lake Tarpon, and Tam pa Bay is expected within two months, according to W. V. Canady, area engineer for the U. S. Corps of Engineers.
"The canal is 95 per cent completed," he said, "and the dedication date will be announced when the contractors complete the job."
The project was originally scheduled to be completed Dec. 8 and the contractor, Robert E. Lee and Co. is being penalized $200 a day for every day over this date.
The outfall canal is part of the Four River Basin flood control project and plans for it were drawn up at the request of the Southwest Management' District, with headquarters at Brooksville. The canal project was contracted for $96,300 and the overall cost, including bridges, road work, etc. was estimated at $713,605.
Canady said plans for dedicating the project would be up to the Southwest Management District. Groundbreaking for the project brought officials from Washington and high officials from Florida to take part in the first project of the Four River Basin flood control.
The outfall canal is three and one-half miles long. Canady said the slowdown on the project was due to rock formation in the canal route, removing St. Petersburg waterline on Mc- Mullen Road and other minor problems.
Canady said the banks of the canal would be grassed and beautified.
As soon as the canal is completed the Southwest Florida Water Management District is planning to start construction of a unique earthen dam on Lake Tarpon. The dam, horseshoe in design, will enclose the spring that connects Spring bayou in Tarpon Springs and the lake and is expected to make Lake Tarpon a fresh water lake.
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