Hydrological Restoration of the Everglades FINAL

This topic submitted by J.P. Oehrtman ( coachjpo@aol.com) at 2:35 PM on 6/4/03.

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The Everglades is one of the largest, most complex ecosystem ever found on the face of the Earth. However over the past 100 years it has underground such drastic changes that the original ecosystem may be lost forever. The changes have been somewhat natural, but human interaction has caused some of the largest losses. Recently the effects of these changes have become noticeable. Therefore this has caused the introduction of new legislation in an effort to fix what has been destroyed. Will the efforts prove useful? Only time will answer that question.

I. What is the Everglades?
II. The cause of the deterioration of the Everglades
A. Natural
1. Hurricanes
2. Flooding
B. Man-made
1. Central and South Florida Project
2. Agriculture
III. Effects
A. Reduction in size
1. Smaller head exerting pressure against salt water intrusion
2. Reduced and changed ecosystems
B. Change in chemical makeup
IV. Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP)
A. Intentions
1. Provide flood control
2. Maintain drinking water supply
3. Revive ecosystems
B. Potential Effects
1. Increased water flow
2. Further damage?
3. Beyond the Everglades


Resources:
Bottcher, A.B. Everglades Agricultural Area(EAA): Water, Soil, Crop, and Environmental Management. Gainsville University Press of Florida. 1994.

Doherty, Brian. "Murky Water." Reason. November 2002. Vol. 34. Issue 6. p. 12-13

"Everglades Hydrology, The." http://www.eng.fiu/evrglads/engineer/hydrolog.htm

"FAQ: What You Should Know About the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan." http://www.evergladesplan.org/resources/faqs.cfm

"Going with the Flow." Economist. Jan 18, 2003. Vol. 366. Issue 8307. p. 34.

Hervic, Joelle. "Water, Water Everywhere?" The Florida Bar Journal. December 2002. p. 78-81

"History of the Everglades National Park." http://www.eng.fiu.edu/evrglads/introenp/history.htm

McIntosh, Phyllis. "Reviving the Everglades." National Parks. Jan/Feb 2002. Vol. 76. Issue 1/2. p. 30-35

Scully, Malcom G. "Restoring the Fragile Everglades Forevermore." Chronicle of Higher Education. Jan 12, 2001. Vol. 47. Issue 18. p. B14.

Todd, Kim. "Who Gets the Water?" Sierra. January 2003. Vol. 88. Issue 1. p.10-11


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