FWF has been an active supporter of Everglades’ restoration for many years working with a broad coalition of organizations on behalf of one of the world’s most significant wetland ecosystems. As part of the Everglades Coalition since its inception and as a strong proponent of a unified effort to restore the Greater Everglades Ecosystem, the Federation advocates for abundant and clean water flow, the elimination of harmful exotic species and the rational public use of this unique treasure.
By strongly backing the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) and the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP), FWF supports state and federal involvement in returning the ‘Glades to its historic grandeur. Millions of Floridians depend upon the Everglades for water, and the movement of water southward from Lake Okeechobee is essential to maintaining this supply. The protection of private ranchlands in the Kissimmee River Valley will lessen pollution and increase water flows to the river, the Lake and eventually to Florida Bay, provide open space, aid agriculture and provide wildlife habitats. Additionally, water quantity and pollution issues impacting the Indian River Lagoon and the Caloosahatchee River must be addressed.
While the Everglades restoration issue is highly complex, its success is critical for the environmental and economic sustainability of all of South Florida.