-Road to the C-44 Reservoir pump station, speed limit is 25 miles per hour.Keeping you up to date…
I’ve had the chance to go back out to the C-44 Reservoir/Storm Water Treatment area on February 19, 2022, and it is a sight to see! The wildlife! I shared many of these photos on Facebook; I am posting on my blog for posterity. I hope you enjoy.
C-44 R/STA Wildlife video SFMWD
SFWMD Press Release CERP C-44 R/STA ribbon-cutting, Dec.6, 2021
-Empty apple snail found at C-44 R/STA evidence of Snail Kites!WHITE PELICANS
The drive to the Reservoir from Citrus Boulevard is long and slow; on your way you pass the Storm Water Treatment Area that consists of six cells. During an earlier visit, I saw numerous endangered Everglades’ Snail Kites flying over looking for apple snails. I learned at SFWMD Governing Board meetings that the birds had many successful nest here.
When I visited just last week, I saw a large flock of white pelicans! What a treat, I have never really seen them before. Maybe once in Sebastian. They are huge and I noticed they have black markings under their wings. They were flying around in groups overhead, like modern-day pterodactyls. So cool.
Almost immediately after seeing the white pelicans, I saw deer. I was careful to stay my distance and could see them running along the storm water treatment of Cell 2. They looked healthy and happy as there is plenty to eat and there is no hunting allowed at the Reservoir/STA.
One of the main reasons you have to go slow is the federally threatened Eastern Indigo Snake. Snakes often warm themselves on the pavement. As a kid there were many indigo snakes in St Lucie Estates in Stuart. They are docile, large, and a striking blue/black in color, just beautiful. My mother used to bring them to my brother, sister and I to look at. Today there are hardly any. I saw no indigos during my C-44 Reservoir/STA visit but I did see a friendly black racer. He or she was warming right at the base of the pump station at the reservoir.-Panoramic view of the giant C-44 Reservoir. About two and a half miles across in every direction.
Alligators are also in on the new real estate and can been seen warming themselves along the edge of the Reservoir. This photo is by Sean Cooley, SFWMD Communications Director who I was with this day. These alligators must have walked up a thirty foot berm and then down into the reservoir! “Build and they will come!” Love it!
-The ACOE is filling up the C-44 Reservoir to its second level. Five feet each time, for three times, to reach fifteen feet. The reservoir will be monitored for safety and integrity throughout 2022.
-Pump Station S-401 brings water in from C-44 Canal-A view from the top of reservoir’s edge looking east over pump station confectioning canal, and STAs in distance-Sean Cooley and I at the reservoir as it fills up. Sean is communications director for SFWMD and previously worked for Audubon.Evening falls…the alligators fall into sleep to awake for a new and wonderful day at C-44 Reservoir/STA.
3 thoughts on “The Incredible Wildlife, C-44 Reservoir/STA”
That you for giving us hope that despite SB2508 by the Florida Senate, the SFWMD has made over the last 3 1/2 years and will make great progress toward clean water and increasing the flow to the Everglades & Florida Bay!!!
Beautiful. One more win for wildlife and clean water. Is the site open to the public?
It is. They will advertise once the Reservoir is considered tested. There is no gate. It is off Citrus Blvd on right as you near Indiantown coming from Stuart. I think you could go see the STAs now. Tax dollars paid for it! Recreation will be available in time as all “safe and official.”