Florida Barge Canal

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The Florida Barge Canal: Water, Progress, and a Slow Death investigates and photographs the long history of the defunct Florida Barge and Ship Canal. A trans-Florida canal would have theoretically saved merchants and the government time, money, and lives by avoiding the the southern tip of Florida. Throughout the canal’s history, promoters and dissenters alike used the ideas of, progress, sustainability, and local interests to champion their cause. In the 1970’s the canal was finally halted out of concern for Florida’s aquifer. At 28% completion and a total cost 75 million dollars, it is the country’s most expensive failed public works project and has left defunct dams, locks, reservoirs, and bridges all across the state of Florida.