Desire for progress in the late 1800’s stemmed consequences that left the Everglades in peril still today. Industrial agriculture has influenced water management and political inaction for decades to the detriment of Florida’s coastal estuaries and the Everglades.
Toxic algae blooms, fish kills, habitat degradation, supercharged red tide and a threatened drinking water supply for millions are just a few of the environmental consequences impacting Florida’s economy and public health. There is a solution through the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, but your voice is needed to ensure political action and follow through.
Restoring the Everglades is a multifaceted effort. Two of the most important components are restoration infrastructure and water management. Building infrastructure to restore the Everglades is critical, but utilizing this infrastructure to send water south is even more critical. Billions of dollars have been spent on Everglades restoration projects, yet every dry season water managers hold back water from flowing into the Everglades. How Lake O is managed during the dry season impacts the Everglades and the likelihood and intensity of discharges to the coasts during the wet season.
A foreign mining company is proposing to build a massive open pit copper and gold mine in the headwaters of one of the planet’s greatest wild salmon fisheries—Bristol Bay, Alaska. Pebble would be the largest mine in North America and runs a high risk of polluting Bristol Bay. Salmon are the keystone species in Bristol Bay and life revolves around the salmon migration.
Every summer, tens of millions of mature salmon run up the rivers in Bristol Bay to spawn and die. Hundreds of millions of pounds of rotting salmon provide a food source for the young salmon, bears, eagles, and many other species. Salmon are very sensitive to changes in water chemistry. They rely on the taste of the water to return to the exact section of the river they were born in to spawn.
Pebble mine would turn this pristine ecological treasure into an industrial mining region threatening the entire ecosystem, the $1.5 billion commercial fishing industry, the native culture, and the destination fishery.