We have been posting a lot recently about the problems plaguing South Florida because of the way that natural water flows have been interrupted. For those of us not from the Sunshine State, however, the issues can be a little confusing. Here’s a great primer from Odyssey Earth–an educational website focused on the incredible biodiversity of Biscayne Bay, the Everglades and the surrounding environments. Host Richard S. Kern explains how massive public-works projects over the past hundred years have starved the “River of Grass” of fresh water, creating damaging hypersalinity in Florida Bay. That nutrient-rich water from Lake Okeechobee that should be filtered through the Everglades is instead poising the coastal habitats to the east and west.
The scenes of seagrass kills and the horrible algae that plagued much of the coast this summer will appall you. If you haven’t already done so, please sign the #NowOrNeverglades Declaration. In the months since Orvis executives signed the Declaration, their names have been joined by tens of thousands of others. Add yours now.
You can learn a lot more about the important issues involved at these websites: