FWF has been an active supporter of Everglades’ restoration for many years. As one of the planet’s most significant wetland ecosystems, the Everglades not only provides drinking water for most of Southeast Florida, but once held an incredibly rich and diverse suite of animal and birdlife.
Clean water is the liquid heart of Florida, and it is also essential to Everglades restoration. Sufficient and clean water must be allowed south from Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay, and the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers must not be the recipient of polluted overflow that kills their estuaries, including the fabled Indian River Lagoon.
By conserving lands in the Kissimmee River Valley, from which waters flow southward to the Lake, and drastically reducing pollution into the entire system, we may yet save this remarkable treasure. FWF was at the forefront of a recently approved Legislative effort to get a reservoir constructed to aid in restoration. Although this will not solve all the problems, it is an important part of the equation.
While Everglades restoration is no doubt highly complicated, its success is critical for the environmental and economic sustainability of all of South Florida.