The Everglades Of Florida Everglades

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The Florida Everglades have been slowly and steadily diminishing in size for over many decades. Throughout the years, the Everglades have had an abundant, healthy environment. The massive swamps were once rich with marshland, and had ecosystems chock-full of wildlife. However, due to large corporations, natural disasters and most importantly, the growth of the human population, the Everglades are 50% smaller than they were hundreds of years ago. The destruction of the Florida Everglades includes not only a diminishing number of the marshland, but also the lessening of wild life, such as alligators, herons, and exotic plants. While there is a government plan set for the restoration of the everglades, it will take many years to make up for the copious amounts of damage done. While the Florida Everglades National park was established in 1947, the actual Everglades have existed for over thousands of years. Due to the climate change during the Late Archaic period, the water levels rose and the large area became marshland. They once ran from the Kissimmee River in Orlando all the way down to Southern Florida, in the bay (ok 2002). Before development due to the increase in the Florida population, the Everglades were around 5,000,000 acres and covered a third of the state. (ok 2002). However, there are 3,000,000 acres expanding from Lake Okeechobee to the Florida Bay, that are called the ‘Historic Everglades.’ The Everglades are full of fresh water, that moves over blades of sawgrass. Sawgrass is a sedge with spiny-edged leaves (dict. 2002). This gives the large wetlands a ripple effect from far away. Sawgrass is not the only kind of life in the Everglades. The ‘old’ Everglades had an abundance of freshwater sloughs, mangrove swamps, pine... ... middle of paper ... ... Florida’s Everglades as much as possible. In conclusion, the Florida Everglades have been immensely damaged throughout hundreds of years. From the quickly growing population to greedy farmers and big corporation, the wetlands have never stood a chance. However, currently, there are thousands of citizens who recognize that the Everglades are in need of help. With help from CERP, the Everglades can improve their water quality, flow and increase the amount of wildlife in their ecosystems. To make CERP successful, the public needs to take action. Public participation is a major key to rebuilding the Everglades. Because there is so much damage done, it will take many decades to restore Florida’s natural gem. However, while the costs are exceedingly high as well, repairing the wetlands will be incredibly beneficial to not only Florida’s ecosystem, but to the people too.
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