HUFFINGTON POST: Can America’s Everglades Catch a Break: Soon We Will See

Huffington Post: Written by Alan Farago. October 16, 2016. 

A State of Florida website laconically refers to the project known as “Mod Waters” this way: “The Modified Water Deliveries Project project is a federal ecological restoration project in south Florida designed to improve water delivery to Everglades National Park. The completion of Mod Waters is required before the implementation of portions of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. Mod Waters is being implemented by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.”

Let’s make this clear: everything you know about the plan to fix the dying Everglades —signed into law by Congress and the President in 2000 — depends on protecting water quality and fixing water flows into the eastern side of Everglades National Park, close to Miami-Dade county farming and development. That plan was a 1989 deal, put together after years of controversy, and it is just coming online now.

For decades environmentalists clamored for additional fresh water deliveries to the eastern side of Everglades National Park with an important caveat: the water has to be clean enough to meet the requirements of the Everglades ecosystem including Florida Bay waters.

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