Everglades restoration to ramp up

June 26, 2012 by  

The South Florida Water Management District, which is in charge of the restoration efforts of the Everglades for the State, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, have jointly pledged that they would work together to further their efforts towards the continued restoration of the Everglades. This follows a report released by the National Research Council (NRC) last week in West Palm Beach, Florida, revealing that the Everglades are still in decline despite the many construction projects that have been undertaken to aid in their restoration.

Since the late 19th century, when development began on the Everglades, the area has been affected by fertilizers and runoff, waterflow has been altered by dikes, canals and dams, and fertile swamp land has been drained.

Today, the Everglades are only about half their historical size of 4 million acres. The pledges of the two Florida groups, however, offers hope that the wetland area will one day be restored to its former glory and no doubt poster printing and flyer printing will be used in order to raise awareness of their efforts.

In 2000, Congress approved the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project, which was designed to restore the natural flow of water in the area. The project was originally estimated to cost $7.8 million but has sharply increased since then. The cost of the project was designed to be shared equally between the federal and state governments but Florida has spent $3.1 billion towards the project as compared with the federal government’s outlay of $854 million since 2002.