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A HISTORY

OF AMERICA'S EVERGLADES

Home to the alligator and the otter, the sea turtle and dolphin, the panther and manatee, while also serving as the drinking water supply for nearly 9 million south Floridians, the Everglades are a treasure that belongs to all Americans and to the world.

 
 

FOLLOW THE WATER

THE START AND END OF THE RIVER OF GRASS

PAST,PRESENT& FUTURE 

THE EVERGLADES: A TIMELESS LANDSCAPE TEEMING WITH LIFE

 

Historically, the Everglades spanned from the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, down to Lake Okeechobee, through the River of Grass, down to Florida Bay and the iconic Florida Keys. In the early 1900s, development in Florida began to boom, and in an effort to support the growing population and spur the growth of the agricultural community, the original flow was cut off, and the water originally flowing south from Lake Okeechobee was redirected East and West into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries. 

Today, this system is still in place, and nutrient pollution continues to make its way into the lake. When Lake Okeechobee rises during the wet season, the levees are opened, and the polluted water is flushed into the estuaries, tainting Florida’s freshwater supply and making its way into our coastal communities, while leaving the Everglades starved for freshwater. 

 

During the summer months, the hot waters and high levels of sunlight stimulate the phosphorus, and it does what it is meant to do – it ignites growth. This growth, however, comes in the form of toxic algal blooms. 

RESTORATION

CURRENTLY UNDERWAY AND MAKING A BIG IMPACT

 
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Located in eastern Collier County between Tamiami Trail (US-41) and Interstate-75 (Alligator Alley).

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The Kissimmee River is 40 square miles of floodplain, and more than 12,000 acres of wetlands.

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EDUCATION

EVERGLADES LITERACY 

 

Our education program provides free learning materials and curriculums for inschool and at home learning environments. Discover dozens of lesson plans and hands on learning experiences by clicking the link below. 

SCIENCE

  EVERGLADES SCIENCE

We couple sound science with policy expertise. This makes The Everglades Foundation well positioned as one of the most influential players in the fight to preserve and restore one of the world’s most unique wetlands.

 

 

Learn more about The Everglades Foundation's commitment to restoring and protecting America's Everglades. Click the link to learn the intricacies and efforts to conserve this national treasure. 

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