Palm Beach Post: Written by Kimberly Miller. August 7th, 2017.
High water levels in the Everglades have stranded animals on levees and tree islands, triggering emergency measures last week by water managers to drain flooded areas.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was allowed to change its water storage rules to temporarily allow for more water to be held in a conservation area west of Palm Beach and Broward counties through the fall and into the dry season.
The move will restrict water flowing into an area farther south where the water has risen nearly two feet above what’s recommended for flora and fauna to survive. When water levels stay too high for too long, animals can drown and run out of food on the tree islands. Plants submerged under too much water can die for lack of sun.
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