NEWS PRESS: State, feds: Can't send water south of Lake Okeechobee

News Press: Written by Chad Gillis. August 18, 2017. 

Ellen Allen eases off the airboat throttle, swings the boat 90 degrees and points to a stoic snail kite perched atop a dwarf cypress tree.

Suddenly a second snail kite glides overhead. They're looking for their namesake food, apple snails.

"Some (kites) are here but most of them are likely to the east where the water is lower," Allen says while pointing to a submerged snail shell in about 2 feet of water. "A snail kite would have trouble reaching that snail because its legs aren't long enough." She's a biologist for the South Florida Water Management District.

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