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- EVER_050121_056.JPG: Alligators play a crucial role in the natural water management of the Everglades. During the dry season, gators take refuge in water-filled holes in the bedrock that they clear of muck and vegetation. Gator holes serve as an oasis for a myriad of life. Fish, turtles, and birds, along with the alligators, find food and water for sustenance while the glades are parched. When summer rains return, life moves from the gator holes to repopulate the open glades.
- EVER_050121_257.JPG: Got water?
This is not a simple question in Florida. Rainfall is generally abundant. Yet every day, canals now flush to sea about 1.7 billion gallons of fresh water. The Everglades, one of America's foremost treasures, has been shattered by this interruption. Only half of the historic wetlands remain.
Water must start to flow as nearly as nature intended again or the Everglades will not survive. The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan defines a 36-year strategy to rescue and protect the ecosystem while provided for other water-related needs: (1) provide flood control, (2) store water for future use, and (3) provide water to the natural system.
Historic Flow: An uninterrupted network of interconnected rivers, lakes and wetlands watered southern Florida 100 years ago. The feeding and breeding strategies of birds, fish, reptiles, and other wildlife utterly depend on the seasonal rhythms of this free-flowing water supply.
Today's Flow: Less than one-half of the Everglades remains. Drainage and flood control projects begun in the 1940's have destroyed the ecosystem's ability to nurture plants and animals and to filter pollution from the water. Many species are in decline or endangered.
The Plan Flow: The restoration plan gives 20 percent of retained water to cities and farms and 80 percent to the natural environment. It hopes to correct some problems of the quantity, quality, timing, and distribution of nature's finite water supply.
Precious Drops: Earth's water supply is finite, yet out demand keeps increasing as our population grows. How can we balance the water needs of people and the environment? In the end, conservation of our wetlands and water resources is the only answer.
(The sign ends with: This exhibit was funded through private donations by the employees of the Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice, in honor of Attorney General Janet Reno, who served from 1993 to 2001.)
- EVER_050121_433.JPG: The hole in the limestone is described by a sign: The limestone here was deposited beneath the ocean as it covered the Florida peninsula approximately 100,000 years ago. Colonies of bryozoans and consolidated grains of calcium carbonate, called oolite, form the rock. Raised areas of limestone are necessary for the development of a hammock. The porous limestone acts like a sponge, allowing water to flow beneath the Everglades to meet the needs of the entire south Florida ecosystem -- people as well as wildlife.
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- Wikipedia Description: Everglades National Park
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Everglades National Park is an American national park that protects the southern twenty percent of the original Everglades in Florida. The park is the largest tropical wilderness in the United States and the largest wilderness of any kind east of the Mississippi River. An average of one million people visit the park each year. Everglades is the third-largest national park in the contiguous United States after Death Valley and Yellowstone. UNESCO declared the Everglades & Dry Tortugas Biosphere Reserve in 1976 and listed the park as a World Heritage Site in 1979, and the Ramsar Convention included the park on its list of Wetlands of International Importance in 1987. Everglades is one of only three locations in the world to appear on all three lists.
Most national parks preserve unique geographic features; Everglades National Park was the first created to protect a fragile ecosystem. The Everglades are a network of wetlands and forests fed by a river flowing 0.25 miles (0.40 km) per day out of Lake Okeechobee, southwest into Florida Bay. The park is the most significant breeding ground for tropical wading birds in North America and contains the largest mangrove ecosystem in the Western Hemisphere. Thirty-six threatened or protected species inhabit the park, including the Florida panther, the American crocodile, and the West Indian manatee, along with 350 species of birds, 300 species of fresh and saltwater fish, 40 species of mammals, and 50 species of reptiles. The majority of South Florida's fresh water, which is stored in the Biscayne Aquifer, is recharged in the park.
Humans have lived for thousands of years in or around the Everglades. Plans arose in 1882 to drain the wetlands and develop the land for agricultural and residential use. As the 20th century progressed, water flow from Lake Okeechobee was increasingly controlled and diverted to enable explosive growth of the Miami metropolitan area. The park was established in 1934, to protect the quickly vanishing Everglades, and dedicated in 1947, as major canal-building projects were initiated across South Florida. The ecosystems in Everglades National Park have suffered significantly from human activity, and restoration of the Everglades is a politically charged issue in South Florida.
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