How Water Management Services Can Save The Endangered Snail Kites

The snail kite is a kind of bird whose habit is to float like a kite on air currents before it dives into the water to pluck apple snails. The snail kite or Goldilocks bird as it is often called insists on laying its eggs on water levels that are not too high or too low. The nests of the snail kite can be found in the Kissimmee River flood plain in the north of Lake Okeechobee.

When blue algae invaded St. Lucie River, the water district started to lower Lake Okeechobee by holding most of the water on the Upper Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. This aims to reduce the amount of fresh water that is released from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie River. However, when there is less water in the Kissimmee River flood plain, the snail kites lose their protection. In increases the risks of predators like raccoons that feast on the bird’s eggs.

The burgeoning algae crisis has endangered the snail kites but the head of South Florida Water Management slammed the federal officials for putting the safety of the bird’s nests ahead of the needs of the people living in Martin County. According to the Fish and Wildlife Service and critics of the South Florida Water Management, the agency is simply trying to divert attention from its own missteps.

The safety and wellbeing of people should come first. Ken Warren of the Fish and Wildlife service rejected the notion that the agency will allow algae to bloom unchecked in the waters to protect the nests of the snail kites.  The endangered bird should not be blamed for mess created by the state government mistakes.

Water Management Services aims for a cleaner and healthier environment by ensuring that new and innovative technology is designed to preserve the nation’s water systems through sustained purification. A number of biological problems often happen in the water system and sometimes, it goes untreated hence compromising the quality of water. New strategies can be implemented so that the environment can be developed to be a natural habitat for fishes that are part of the human food chain.