NPR: Written by Matthew F. Smith & Julie Glenn. July 10, 2017.
Florida's rainy summer season began with a sopping wet June, which saw nearly twice the amount of rainfall across South Florida compared to past years. The heavy rain caused water emergencies in some areas of South Florida that saw as much as 200 percent of their average rainfall. Now the South Florida Water Management District is back pumping into Lake Okeechobee amid a flurry of efforts to control the water across the region.
The heavy rains put wildlife at risk and threatened to damage plants considered critical for the Everglades ecosystem. That saw state wildlife managers close some areas to recreation in the name of protecting wildlife and reducing water levels.
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