evergladesThe Everglades is not only Florida’s gem, it’s a magical and important place for the entire Earth. The Everglades is home to so many species of animals, birds, fish, and vegetation, which is why its survival has become so important to officials in recent years.

The Everglades is primarily made up of water, and it is the largest sawgrass prairie in North America. In fact, the Everglades is actually a flowing river. Water flows from north to south from Lake Okeechobee. It is a very slow moving river, and its dimensions are 60 miles wide and 100 miles long. Years and years ago, it was even bigger. Unfortunately, due to climate change and human interference (construction and drainage projects), close to 50 percent of the wetland has been destroyed. The “destroyed” parts of the Everglades were replaced with residential areas, urban areas, and farms.

There is now an Everglades Restoration Plan in place to restore the water flow to its historic, natural flow. Why? Well because of humans, Lake Okeechobee became connected to estuaries through the Calooshatchee and St. Lucie Rivers. When this happened, the rivers began receiving water from the lake that compromised the fragile estuarine ecosystem. Also, other Everglades areas now get polluted water from the Lake that came from the farming areas. Vegetation and wildlife have changed in these areas because of it. Since the Everglades is home to 14 endangered and 9 threatened species, it’s even more crucial to get the water flowing properly. Believe it or not, one small change in the ecosystem and an entire species can disappear.

This restoration plan contains more than 60 components that will restore the ecosystem, provide flood protection, and ensure water supplies. Some components include: Kissimmee River restoration project; building additional stormwater treatment areas and flow equalization basins, the Picayune Strand Restoration Project, Tamiami Bridge, and the C-111 Spreader Canal.

Explore The Beautiful Everglades

The Everglades are truly a special place, and it’s important that we begin to fix the damage that was done to it. Spending time in the wetlands is a once in a lifetime experience. To fully enjoy the area, an airboat tour through the water and grasses is a great way to learn and explore. To book an airboat tour trip, call Captain Mitch’s Airboat Tours at 239-695-3377 or click here.