Rescuing the Everglades

by Thomas K. MacVicar, Deputy Dir.; Southern Florida Water Mgmt. Dist., West Palm Beach, FL,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1987, Vol. 57, Issue 8, Pg. 40-42

Document Type: Feature article


After a century of trying to control Florida's Everglades, water management officials have decided that cooperating with nature is better. A new strategy known as the Rainfall Plan is being evaluated after a two year field test, and preliminary results are favorable. As part of the prior controls, Water Conservation Area 3A had been mandated by Congress to release large volumes to Everglades National Park, and one experiment called for uncontrolled flow into the park. The Rainfall Plan supersedes Congressional mandates and diverts some of the stormwater into an area east of the Park according to actual rainfall conditions. This reduces the severity of sudden changes and permits graduating flows as water levels upstream change.

Subject Headings: Rainfall | Field tests | Water conservation | Parks | Stadiums and sport facilities | Stormwater management | Permits | Water flow

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