Astronomy at Western--Even Mel's snake " Louise" gets into it!This discussion topic submitted by Brad Wilcox ( DINGGLE@aol.com) at 7:06 pm on 2/28/02. Additions were last made on Monday, April 15, 2002.
This is a seriously hot topic in D.C. and Florida right now. Bush is paying very little attention to federal responsibilities to Florida in the federal budget, and the financial agreement for the restoration is still blurry. The intended completion time for the Army Corp of Engineers is estimated at 30 years, so it is interesting to watch the project evolve early in the process. Will it work? I hope so.
I grew up in Florida in awe of the Everglades. And just the principle of the government taking an interest (not to mention an $8 billion investment)in Florida's most precious resource demonstrates a level of commitment that did not previously exist for environmental issues. The scale of this project is enormous- for the next three decades I guess we'll just keep our fingers crossed.
a)overview of the ecological complexity of the Everglades
b)the natural state of the Everglades, w/o human intervention
a)what happened to the glades?
i."reclaiming" the swamp
ii.sugar cane industry runoff
iii.urbanization (water shortages, runoff, natural flow?)
b)Central & South Florida Project, 1948
ii.what they did; why it was ineffective
c)The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, 2000
i.Gore/Clinton push for legislation
ii.what exactly will be done to restore the Everglades
d)conflict and disagreement
1."The Plan to Restore America's Everglades." Development of the Central & South Florida Project, 1948. www.evergladesplan.org/csfdevel.htm (27 Feb 2001)
2."A History of the Everglades." The National Journal. (22 July 2000): Environment 2385, Vol 32, No 30.
3.Sargent, Frank. "Senate Acts Wisely on Everglades." Tampa Tribune. (30 Sept 2000), final ed. Nation/World 14.
4.Clinton, William. "Statement on signing the Water Resources Development Act of 2000." Washington, D.C. (18 Dec 2000).
5.Enserink, Martin. "Plan to quench the Everglades' thirst." Science. (9 July 1999) 180.
For Further Info on this Topic, Check out this WWW Site: www.evergladesplan.org.
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