Everglades Preservation2018-03-21T17:09:54+00:00

Everglades Preservation

When you think of the Everglades, drinking water is probably not the first thing that comes to mind.

Consider this: 8-9 million people a day rely on the Everglades for drinking water!

We must take action. This is beyond the already critical importance of protecting a natural habitat. This is about protecting your family and community with a clean drinking source.

Flooding is a huge problem as well. The “River of Grass” became a flood of destruction after decisions in the early and mid-20th century to create more land for development led to creating manmade barriers and levees.

These man-made alterations upset water levels in the Everglades for decades to come. Countless animals lost their natural habitat; the Deer Islands were all but eliminated. The ramifications of this flooding is something we are dealing with to this day.

What Can Be Done?

We know the focus needs to be on the quality of water and the quantity of water.

To reverse the damage that has been done and prevent future damage we need to do two things:

1. Even out water levels to avoid flooding: We want to decompartmentalize the system to establish equalization of water levels.

2. Optimize water levels for the environment: We want to establish operational water levels compatible with the environment and suitable for all wildlife, endangered species and plant life.

These two steps will provide clean water to the people in Florida and save the Everglades by managing water levels that are compatible with the environment. Although the problem is complex, the solution comes down to this simple premise — the water levels are the critical piece.

Better management with water levels means a better ecosystem and better drinking water.

  • With your help, we can save the Everglades.
  • We can avoid the devastation of the past due to high water levels.
  • We can help people fall in love with the Everglades and all it offers.

We are confident this can be accomplished with a two-fold approach.

History of Preservation

We are proud to be a part of the efforts to protect this intricate and delicate ecosystem known around the world for having some of the most diverse and breathtaking wildlife scenery.

What, exactly, has been done? Take a look at these facts, provided by the DEP, a critical partner in our ongoing mission:

  • $2.4 billion invested in Everglades restoration since the Water Resources Development Act of 2000
  • $1.8 billion invested by the state in improving water quality
  • 45,000 acres of Stormwater Treatment Areas, which are man-made wetlands that help filter phosphorus pollution before it hits the Everglades

In fact, “No other government in the world has invested as much time or money in improving the quality of one single waterbody or natural system,” the DEP says on their site.

That’s how much of a challenge we face, and how critical Gladesmen are to protecting the Everglades — even with billions poured into this fantastic ecosystem’s preservation, we are still far from accomplishing satisfactory water levels and acceptable water quality throughout the Everglades.

It’s a tall order, and we are ready for the challenge with your help.

GET INVOLVED

Our Mission

How do you create a lifelong passion for the Everglades in others, young people who will be advocates for years to come?

Reading about it in class isn’t enough. Checking out some photos online doesn’t do it justice. You have the best chance to get children excited about it by giving them the full Everglades experience in person.

We want to design a program that will let them:

  • See the landscape first hand
  • Watch the breathtaking sunset
  • Experience the smells and the feel of the air on a hot summer night
  • Have vivid memories of the boat ride through Alligator Alley
  • Know first-hand what sawgrass looks and feels like and why it’s important to the wetlands
  • See the amazing wildlife up close and in person

These experiences will make an lifelong impression. They ingrain a love and respect for nature that cannot be accomplished second-hand. These kids will the be advocates of the future.

The second part of the mission is to build a museum and educational center that will house 10,000 years of history from the Florida Everglades. The museum will offer educational programs to inform the public on what it takes to accomplish the largest restoration project in history.

With millions of people affected by the Everglades-produced drinking water and countless more people, animals, and plants impacted by the health of the Everglades, it is up to all of us to take steps to educate and invigorate the community.