South Florida Water Management District: Reconstructing the Everglades Ecosystem

by James Phillip Lee,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


Anthropogenic influences have reduced florida's Everglades over the last 140 years to a struggling remnant of its historic size and ecological potential. The State of Florida's Everglades Forever Act of 1994 sets into action a plan for restoring a significant portion of the remaining two-million acre Everglades ecosystem through a program of construction projects, research initiatives, and regulation policies. A comprehensive and innovative agenda to solve issues of water quality, water quantity, and the invasion of exotic species makes up the Everglades Program originating from that legislation. The Everglades Forever Act calls on state and federal agencies to organize their efforts to carry out the Everglades Program. The South Florida Water Management District and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection are spearheading the Everglades Program in association with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A diverse group of federal, state and local organizations have a supporting role in the process. Interagency coordination is paramount to the success of the restoration effort.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Federal government | Ecosystems | Water management | Water policy | Wildlife | Project management | Florida | United States

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