Problem & Vision
Florida’s Economy Depends on Healthy Estuaries, and the Health of the Everglades
Three nationally recognized estuaries are in long-term collapse due to the damming, ditching and draining of the River of Grass.
In 2000, Congress passed the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), which is the roadmap to restoring the Everglades.
Since 2000, CERP projects have stagnated due to lack of funding and political will. Florida’s estuaries have continued to suffer as a result.
The original CERP plan relied heavily on Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) to store excess water. Science has proven ASR is not as feasible as once thought.
As planned, CERP alone will not save the estuaries. Increased storage, treatment and conveyance of water south of Lake Okeechobee is essential to stop the damaging discharges and to restore the flow of clean, fresh water to Everglades National Park and Florida Bay.
The health of our estuaries, our fisheries, and our economy are at risk of complete collapse if meaningful and scientifically sound restoration actions aren’t immediately taken.