News Press: Written by John Cassani. December 25, 2018.
The popular expression “Nero fiddled while Rome burned” seems an appropriate metaphor for the water quality crisis afflicting Florida. Some suggest staying the course of state and federal Everglades restoration as currently planned.
However, there is significant uncertainty associated with restoration timelines, driven by such factors as climate change, available Congressional and state funding, a swelling state population and worsening water quality. With current plans, these complexities will severely complicate or limit future options. More adaptive planning that explores a greater range of options in response to these stressors will be required and part of the reason the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS), starting in 2008, was to only continue for three years.
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