The Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries are threatened by nutrient and sediment-laden freshwater discharges from Lake Okeechobee. Florida’s hydrology has been altered significantly over the last century, starting with the channelization of the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers and their connection by way of manmade canals to Lake Okeechobee.

The construction of the Herbert Hoover Dike, massive drainage canals, and vast expanses of agricultural fields have severed the hydrological connection between Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades. Everglades Restoration projects provide the solution to our problem.