Eau Gallie River

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Eau Gallie River
Eau Gallie River 1.jpg
Eau Gallie River facing west from Ballard Park
Origin Eau Gallie, Florida
Mouth Indian River
Basin countries United States

Eau Gallie River is a 3.9-mile-long (6.3 km)[1] river in Eau Gallie, Florida, United States. It is a tributary of the Indian River, with its mouth near Hawthorne Point.

History[edit]

The Eau Gallie River was formerly named Elbow Creek.[2] Currently, Elbow Creek is a branch and tributary of the Eau Gallie River. In 1895, a bridge was built across the Eau Gallie River.[2] In 1907, the Eau Gallie Yacht Club was formed as yachting became highly popular in the area.[3] In 1910, the Eau Gallie Yacht Club built a clubhouse along the Eau Gallie River and remained at that location until 1960.[4]

In 2011, residents and people using the river complained that sediment was preventing navigation by small boats. The 625,000 cubic yards (478,000 m3) of sediment was caused from nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizers, as well as clay deposits. This sediment has killed life in the river. The Melbourne International Airport also drains into the river. A study estimates it would cost from $17.9 to $24.7 million to dredge the river.[5] The priority for this was low.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed April 18, 2011
  2. ^ a b Scofner, Jerrell H. History of Brevard County Volume I (Stuart, FL: Brevard County Historical Commission, 1995), p. 133.
  3. ^ Stone, Elaine Murray. Brevard County (Northbridge, CA: Windsor Publications, Inc., 1988), p. 39.
  4. ^ "Club History". Eau Gallie Yacht Club. Retrieved February 7, 2008. 
  5. ^ Waymer, Jim (September 10, 2013). "Eau Gallie dredging costly, but effective". Florida Today (Melbourne, Florida). pp. 2B–3B. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ Walker, Don (October 15, 2011). "River's neighbors cry foul". Florida Today (Melbourne, Florida). pp. 1A,3A. 

Coordinates: 28°08′34″N 80°41′07″W / 28.1427846°N 80.68529°W / 28.1427846; -80.68529