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Title: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 04:04:16 pm
(http://media.npr.org/programs/day/features/2007/dec/everglades_540.jpg)

A roseate spoonbill looks for food in a pond in the Florida Everglades.
The Everglades has seen its wading bird population decline drastically
since the turn of the century due to drainage of wetlands, alteration
of overland water flow and hunting, according to the
National Park Service.
 
Joe Raedle
Getty Images






                                              Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades





by Greg Allen

 Day to Day, December 31, 2007 · Seven years ago, the federal government announced plans to help the state of Florida restore the Everglades in what was to be the largest effort ever undertaken to restore an ecosystem in the United States.

Since then, Florida has spent billions on restoration. But for the most part, the federal portion of the project, known as the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, has yet to get off the ground.

This year, over President Bush's veto, Congress passed its first water projects bill in seven years. That bill authorizes nearly $2 billion in federal funds for two projects in the Everglades — just a small portion of the total plan. Even so, it's likely to be another year or two before the money is released.

It's not just environmental groups that are angry about the delay. The federal government's slow start has pushed the Army Corps of Engineers original price tag of $8 billion up to more than $10 billion. Costs are supposed to be shared 50/50 by the federal government and Florida, which means at least an extra billion for the state — if everyone pays what they promised.

Seven years in, Florida has spent some $3 billion on Everglades restoration, 10 times the amount the feds have put in, according to Ken Ammon of the South Florida Water Management District. 


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 04:12:26 pm
(http://media.npr.org/programs/day/features/2007/dec/everglades_200b.jpg)

A stretch of the Kissimmee River
in July 2007. The river once
meandered slowly through
central Florida, providing much
of the water vital to
Lake Okeechobee and the
Everglades.

Fifty years ago, however,
the Army Corps of Engineers
began working to tame and
straighten the Kissimmee.

Consequently, thousands of
acres of floodplain dried out.

AP






                                                      Hard Proof of Inefficiency





Earlier this year, a report by the Government Accountability Office laid out in black and white what was already apparent to many — that six years after their scheduled start dates, none of the federal Everglades projects considered most important had begun.

That report and an earlier study by the National Academy of Sciences have prompted a new approach to Everglades restoration. The Army Corps of Engineers is now looking at its list of 60 Everglades projects to see which it can get off the ground quickly, says Stuart Applebaum, chief of the Corps' Ecosystems Restoration Branch.

"I can understand people's frustrations to a long-term endeavor," he says. "You get highs and lows along the way. The main thing is to maintain the focus and keep moving ahead."

Even critics concede that it's the Bush administration and Congress, not the Corps, that has held up the money critical to Everglades restoration. Herein lies an irony lost on few people in Florida: The Corps is being asked to oversee an effort to undo decades of damage that, in many cases, was caused by earlier Corps projects. Canals that were painstakingly dug will be filled in, wetlands that were drained for homes and agriculture will now be re-flooded.



Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 04:17:39 pm
(http://www.jimporter.org/lakes/kissimmee/original.jpg)

KISSIMMEE RIVER



(http://www.jimporter.org/lakes/kissimmee/channel.jpg)

KISSIMMEE RIVER







                                                Fixing a River, Bit by Bit





The Kissimmee River once meandered slowly through central Florida — providing much of the water vital to Lake Okeechobee, where the Everglades begin. About 50 years ago, however, the Corps began working to tame the Kissimmee — installing locks, making it deeper and straighter — turning a river into a canal.

Over the past several years, about 10 miles of the river has been restored, however — a sign of progress amid a mass of bureaucracy.

"We came in and helped it out and cleaned out the vegetation and dredged it out," says Chuck Woburn, an engineer with the Corps, pointing out alligators, ibises and purple gallinules where the river is once again flowing. "As you can see, it's beautiful with nice sandbars, nice natural vegetation."


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 04:19:37 pm
(http://www.us-highways.com/us94map.jpg)








                                         Taking the Road to Restoration, Again





Next year, the Corps hopes to begin work on another important Florida project — the Tamiami Trail, a historic road that runs through the heart of the Everglades.

The road has long been recognized as a barrier that prevents freshwater from flowing south. Environmental groups want the Corps to raze a two-mile-long section of the trail.

This project will show how serious the Corps is about restoring the Everglades, says Sara Fain of the National Parks Conservation Association.

"It's going to cost a lot of money," she says. "If we're going to restore the Everglades, this is the hard decision we need to make."

It was already made once, almost 20 years ago. In 1989, 11 years before Congress took up the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, the project was authorized for the first time.


http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17720250&ft=1&f=1007


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 04:30:52 pm
(http://www.jimporter.org/lakes/kissimmee/lake.jpg)


http://www.jimporter.org/lakes/kissimmee/


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 04:46:25 pm
(http://fcelter.fiu.edu/images/greater_everglades_enp_map.gif)

MAP OF FLORIDA EVERGLADES


http://fcelter.fiu.edu/research/


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 04:51:01 pm
(http://fl.water.usgs.gov/cesi/images/vegetation/everglades1.jpg)

A POND IN THE EVERGLADES


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 04:56:28 pm
(http://cache.eb.com/eb/image?id=91403&rendTypeId=4http://cache.eb.com/eb/image?id=91403&rendTypeId=4)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 05:01:26 pm
(http://www.floridaevergladesbassfishing.com/Everglades_12.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 05:03:09 pm
(http://aquat1.ifas.ufl.edu/everglades2m.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 05:05:08 pm
(http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/evergn1.jpg)

MANGROVES


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 05:06:29 pm
(http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/evenatpar11.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 05:07:40 pm
(http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/evenatpar12.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 05:09:24 pm
(http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/evergn2.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 05:14:19 pm
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7e/Alligator-Everglades.jpg/799px-Alligator-Everglades.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 05:17:17 pm
(http://www.jonsheldonacrossamerica.com/photos/JonSheldonAcrossAmerica/Everglades/images/Everglades%20076.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 05:22:13 pm
(http://www.floridafishinginfo.net/floridaeverglades5.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 05:23:54 pm
(http://www.floridafishinginfo.net/floridaeverglades3.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 05:26:44 pm
(http://www.floridafishinginfo.net/floridaeverglades.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 05:28:59 pm
(http://i.pbase.com/g4/92/666592/2/61108083.CommonMorehenEVERglades.jpg)

COMMON MOREHEN


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 05:31:04 pm
(http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/images/biomes/GreatEgret-Everglades.JPG)

GREAT EGRET


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 05:37:32 pm
(http://www.nebelphotography.com/images/essaysfromeden/ClamshellOrchid_lg.jpg)

ONE OF THE NATIVE ORCHIDS


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 08:33:54 pm
(http://www.crms.uga.edu/images/everglades/Everglades%20airboat05.JPG)

AIRBOAT


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 08:46:56 pm
(http://www.mrmoms.org/Rubicon/Everglades.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 08:49:31 pm
(http://www.missguidedadventures.com/images/Blue%20Heron%20Everglades.JPG)

BLUE HERON


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 08:51:20 pm
(http://worldheritage.heindorffhus.dk/usa2006-Everglades-SouthernFloridaWetland-sheet.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 08:54:15 pm
(http://www.owensalley.com/images/Everglades%203.jpg)

PELICAN


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 08:57:00 pm
(http://www.myshrink.com/images/popups/everglades.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 09:01:09 pm
(http://www.seakayak.ws/photocat.nsf/webphotos/EB81B39DC4BF465D85256A28005F3B32/$File/FLA09.jpg)

DAWN IN THE EVERGLADES


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 09:03:33 pm
(http://www.seakayak.ws/photocat.nsf/webphotos/05FAF8238640241F85256A28005F59EA/$File/FLA11.jpg)

HERON HUNTING FOR BREAKFAST


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 09:06:31 pm
(http://www.seakayak.ws/photocat.nsf/webphotos/AB011D1F0C4C2C7985256A28005F7F32/$File/FLA13.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 09:09:49 pm
(http://www.mimlitch.com/photogallery/Cruise%20photos%2006/Storms/Storm%20over%20Everglades%20City.jpg)

GATHERING STORM


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 09:11:47 pm
(http://www.mirahem.com/everglades.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 09:14:12 pm
(http://dailypress2.com/photopost/data/500/medium/Everglades_meets_the_Clouds.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 09:16:18 pm
(http://www.nps.gov/ever/parknews/upload/greategret.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 09:18:53 pm
(http://girardartgallery.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/Everglades_at_dusk_for_Web.253160246_std.jpg)
DUSK


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 09:21:14 pm
(http://www.sheldonbrown.org/journal/everglades-2005/images/everglades-03.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 09:24:40 pm
(http://www.donbortzstudios.com/images/conphoto.gif)

NATIVE BROMELIAD


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 09:26:43 pm
(http://jrudi.com/family/2001p1/02190008.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 09:30:03 pm
(http://www.hm-usa.nl/picturebook/pictures/19990520.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 09:32:18 pm
(http://donb.furfly.net/photo_cd/e/b23.jpg)

CORMORANT


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 09:35:52 pm
(http://sofia.er.usgs.gov/virtual_tour/images/photos/enp/enp_snailshells.jpg)

SNAIL SHELLS


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 09:37:11 pm
(http://sofia.er.usgs.gov/virtual_tour/images/photos/enp/pineforestpanoramic.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 09:40:54 pm
(http://sofia.er.usgs.gov/virtual_tour/images/photos/enp/gallinule-BMulrooneylg.jpg)

PURPLE GALLINULE


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 02, 2008, 09:43:14 pm
(http://amp-art-design.com/images/Thumbnails/Everglades1_thumbnail.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 07:44:37 am
(http://www.americaontheroad.it/immagini/natura_everglades2.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 07:46:25 am
(http://www.americaontheroad.it/immagini/natura_everglades1.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 07:48:07 am
(http://www.americaontheroad.it/immagini/Everglades_alligatori.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 07:53:11 am
(http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/FLORA/pelchat/spiranthes%20odorata_1.jpg)

'SPIRANTHES ODORATA' ORCHID BETWEEN TWO TREES


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 07:54:16 am
(http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/FLORA/pelchat/spiranthes%20odorata_2.jpg)

'SPIRANTHES ODORATA' ORCHID


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 08:02:39 am
(http://evergladesrestorationfear.org/images/panther2.jpg)

THE ELUSIVE AND MAGNIFICENT 'FLORIDA PANTHER'


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 08:05:32 am
(http://ocean.floridamarine.org/bcb/images/pics/panther.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 08:09:30 am
(http://specieslist.com/images/external/puma.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 08:11:03 am
(http://www.thehendryfoundation.com/panther.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 08:21:43 am
(http://aquat1.ifas.ufl.edu/guide/marecosystem.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 08:28:39 am
(http://www.floridanature.org/photos/Rostrhamus_sociabilis_(female),_Kissimmee,_20011111.jpg)

FLORIDA KITE


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 01:15:20 pm
(http://www.eactours.com/images/photos/Ever8_F.jpg)




                                         (http://expertvoices.nsdl.org/newinnsdl/files/2007/07/prairie_intro.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 01:24:38 pm
(http://www.lowplacesguideservice.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/flamingo.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 01:26:38 pm
(http://sofia.usgs.gov/virtual_tour/images/photos/enp/enp_sunset6.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 01:29:08 pm
(http://sofia.usgs.gov/virtual_tour/images/photos/enp/enp_sunset3.jpg)

CAMPGROUND


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 01:30:50 pm
(http://www.fiu.edu/~larkinsg/flamingo_3_b.JPG)

North American Flamingo -- Phoenicopterus ruber

These are members of the only flock of wild flamingos in the United States, at the time
these photos were taken, there were twenty-eight members in the flock.


The photo was taken in Florida Bay within Everglades National Park


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 01:37:22 pm
(http://www.fiu.edu/~larkinsg/Wood_Stork_1_b.JPG)

WOOD STORK


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 01:42:32 pm
(http://felid.org/jpg/Black%20Bear.jpg)

FLORIDA BLACK BEAR


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 01:46:00 pm
(http://outdoorlife.blogs.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/05/14/black_bear_adult.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 01:49:21 pm
(http://www.losthunter.com/images/pig-crop.jpg)

FLORIDA WILD HOG




(http://varmintstalkers.com/coyote1.jpg)

FLORIDA COYOTE


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 02:04:36 pm
(http://www.hedweb.com/animimag/manaflor.jpg)

FLORIDA MANATEE


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 02:06:49 pm
(http://www.homosassausa.com/Photos/mant14.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 02:09:59 pm
(http://math.univ.gda.pl/~fox/usa/small2/flodelf.JPG)

DOLPHIN


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 02:13:22 pm
(http://www.shoreham.net/~dsonder/photogallery/2006%20Dolphins.JPG)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 02:15:44 pm
(http://www.fl-ecotours.com/images/Dolpin1.bmp)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 02:20:28 pm
(http://florida-keys-vacation-rental-ocean-pointe.com/S5300012.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 02:25:30 pm
(http://www.biol.andrews.edu/everglades/everglades_oldsite/plant/bromilnice.jpg)



BROMELIADS


(http://www.sfrc.ufl.edu/4H/Other_Resources/Contest/Highlighted_Ecosystem/BromeliadWeb.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 02:29:08 pm
(http://www.jbpacooper.com/Air_plants_Everglades_NP.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 07:00:56 pm
(http://sofia.usgs.gov/virtual_tour/images/photos/enp/enpep_wading.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 07:06:59 pm
(http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/images/biomes/Evergladeswithbirds.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 07:09:26 pm
(http://sofia.usgs.gov/virtual_tour/images/photos/enp/enpep_birds.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 07:10:38 pm
(http://sofia.usgs.gov/virtual_tour/images/photos/enp/enpep_ibiswalk.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 07:12:48 pm
(http://sofia.usgs.gov/virtual_tour/images/photos/enp/enpep_heronwalk.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 07:18:22 pm
(http://www.seakayak.ws/photocat.nsf/webphotos/05FAF8238640241F85256A28005F59EA/$File/FLA11.jpg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 07:26:20 pm
(http://math.uc.edu/~chalklr/Natural%20History/Resized%20Photos/Resize%20of%20089.jpg)

ZEBRA BUTTERFLY


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 07:30:31 pm
(http://jrscience.wcp.muohio.edu/Photos/SulphurButterfliesNpoint.jpeg)


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 07:33:20 pm
(http://www.floridanaturephotography.com/images/800-SwampMallow.jpg)

SWAMP MALLOW


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 07:35:58 pm
(http://www.floridanaturephotography.com/images/800-PineHyacinthSeedpod.jpg)

PINE HYACINTH SEEDPOD


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 07:37:26 pm
(http://www.floridanaturephotography.com/images/800-AlligatorLily.jpg)

ALLIGATOR LILY


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 07:39:36 pm
(http://www.floridanaturephotography.com/images/800-PitcherPlants.jpg)

PITCHER PLANT


Title: Re: Bureaucracy Floats Through the Everglades - (PICTURES)
Post by: Bianca on January 03, 2008, 07:58:05 pm
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                                               Florida megadeal aims to restore Everglades






Jun 25,2008
 
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Florida has reached a tentative 1.75-billion-dollar deal to buy the largest US sugar producer and turn its vast swaths of farmland into reservoirs to protect the fabled Everglades wetlands, US media reported Wednesday.
 
"The plan, described by Governor Charlie Crist as the largest conservation purchase in Florida's history, envisions restoring some of the natural flow of water to the Everglades from Lake Okeechobee," The Washington Post reported. The amount of land involved is some 187,000 acres (75,678 hectares).

Crist has been named as a potential running mate for Republican presidential nominee John McCain.

The announcement by Crist Tuesday capped months of secret negotiations with US Sugar. He called the deal as "monumental" in scope.

Spanning 1.5 million acres, the Everglades is the third-largest national park in the lower 48 US states, after Death Valley and Yellowstone.

For decades water from areas north of the massive wetlands has been diverted to fast-growing cities and for farming. Pollution has taken a growing toll.

The deal with US Sugar would help restore more of the pre-development ecosystem; water could move from Lake Okeechobee into marshes that filter it and then on to the "sea of grass" at the southern end of the Florida peninsula. A direct lake-Everglades connection has been a dream of environmental groups.

"It was a really well-kept secret. I think the Pentagon would be jealous of how well it was kept," Susan Kennedy, executive director of the Everglades Coalition, was quoted by the Post as saying.

Under part of the deal still to be negotiated, the South Florida Water Management District, a state agency will make the purchase in part with property taxes earmarked for Everglades restoration.

Since US Sugar landholdings are not contiguous, the state will try to swap land with other sugar cane companies to forge a corridor for water to flow into the reservoirs to the Everglades.

"Acquiring this large swath south of Lake Okeechobee will be an historic turning point for the largest watershed project in the world," Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said.

Of what is being described as the biggest land acquisition ever by the state of Florida, Crist said: "I can envision no better gift to the Everglades, the people of Florida and the people of America, as well as our planet, than to place in public ownership this missing link that represents the key to true restoration."

It was not immediately clear if US Sugar workers would approve the deal, or seek to derail it. US Sugar, operating in this location since 1931, technically is owned by the workers.


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                                                      A Chance for the Everglades





 
Published:
June 26, 2008

The languishing effort to revive and restore the Everglades — one of the most ambitious environmental initiatives on the planet — received an unexpected and potentially spectacular boost on Tuesday when Gov. Charlie Crist announced that Florida had agreed in principle to buy 187,000 acres of farmland from the United States Sugar Corporation, the state’s (and the nation’s) largest sugar-cane producer.

The farmland, located along the southern edge of Lake Okeechobee, would be converted into reservoirs to store water and artificial marshes to help clean it.

The $1.75 billion deal would remove a big source of phosphorus pollution, which sugar-cane farming produces in abundance. The greater benefit would come from restoring a good part of the historic water flow between Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades — a flow that sustained the Everglades for centuries but has since been diverted (at great cost to the ecosystem and its wildlife) to Florida’s cities and farms.

We also hope that the deal will shame Washington into shouldering its full responsibility. The landmark $8 billion restoration plan signed into law by President Clinton in 2000 called for a 50-50 split in costs between Florida and the federal government.

Florida has been living up to its share, contributing $2.4 billion even before this latest deal. Under President Bush, willfully indifferent to most environmental issues, and an inattentive Congress, the federal government has contributed less than $400 million — a pathetic showing.

As a result, the restoration project is way behind schedule. And while the state got a bargain from United States Sugar — which has suffered internal financial problems as well as pressure from state regulators — rising land values have pushed the plan’s price tag to more than $11 billion, making federal support even more essential.

The cooperation of the notoriously dysfunctional Army Corps of Engineers will be at least as important as more federal dollars. There is no point in storing billions of gallons of fresh water unless a path can be cleared for it to reach the Everglades. That will require the Army Corps to reshape the spider web of canals and levees standing between Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades.

Success will also require a fundamental shift in Florida’s politics far beyond this deal. There are many reasons for restoring the Everglades. It is, even now, an irreplaceably diverse storehouse of plant and animal life. But it will have no real future if the commercial powerhouses that have ruled Florida for so long — the developers, the water utilities and their political allies — continue to grab a disproportionate share of the water.

Governor Crist, at least, seems determined to make sure that, this time, nature gets its due. The next president and Congress, and the Army Corps, must help him.


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                                      Fay leaves behind lots of water for Florida lake






By BRIAN SKOLOFF,
Associated Press Writer
Aug. 27, 2008
 
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Tropical Storm Fay brought some good news to the state's parched Everglades and its liquid heart, Lake Okeechobee — lots and lots of water.
 
The lake, a backup drinking water source for 5 million people, rose more than 2 feet in a single week. That's about 288 billion gallons, equivalent to about 84 days worth of water used in South Florida for drinking, watering lawns and other purposes.

It was the first time since record-keeping started in 1931 that the lake saw such a dramatic rise, according to the South Florida Water Management District.

Lake Okeechobee was at about 13.6 feet on Wednesday, up from about 11.3 feet Aug. 19, during the first part of Fay's nearly weeklong slog through the state.

Fay also swelled the rainfall total for August so far to about 10.6 inches throughout the district's 16-county region from Orlando to the Keys, a welcome sight in an area that has suffered a two-year drought. That's about double the typical amount for this time of year.

Across the state, Fay dropped more than 30 inches of rain in some places along the Atlantic coast, causing widespread flooding.

Lake Okeechobee's water level hit an all-time record low of about 8.8 feet in July last year, prompting officials to issue the region's most severe water restrictions ever, limiting outside watering of yards and gardens to once a week.

Those restrictions were later eased as the state entered its wet season, but even with Fay, water managers warn the drought may continue.

South Floridians in the region consume about 3.4 billion gallons of water a day, about 50 percent of it used outside for irrigation. The state estimates that number will rise to about 4.3 billion gallons a day by 2025.

Lake Okeechobee levels were expected to continue rising, possibly more than a foot in coming weeks, from Fay's rains falling in the Kissimmee River basin that feeds the lake.

The water district operates a 2,000-mile grid of drainage canals across South Florida, and lowered levels throughout the system to lessen the risk of flooding, sending water out to sea as Fay approached.

But many neighborhoods in hard-hit areas along Florida's Atlantic coast saw flooding of 5 feet of water or more and are still dealing with the mess more than a week after Fay came ashore in Key West, then slogged slowly up the state.

In other fallout from Fay, survey crews from the National Weather Service Office in Birmingham, Ala., confirmed that eight tornadoes touched down in the state Monday. They were blamed for property damage in five counties but there were no reported injuries.

Fay's remnants were soaking North Carolina on Wednesday, flooding streams and prompting evacuations of low-lying homes around the Charlotte area. Several funnel clouds were reported, but tornado touchdowns had not been confirmed. No deaths or serious injuries were reported.

State damage-assessment teams were headed to the flooded areas and emergency officials opened shelters for those who could be evacuated Wednesday night as the rains continued.

In Georgia, officials declared a state of emergency in seven counties hit hard by Fay's remnants. A National Weather Service survey Wednesday determined that five tornadoes had touched down Tuesday in northeast Georgia, damaging homes and schools and destroying several mobile homes.


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                                  Everglades swamped with invading  Burmese pythons
 




Jim Loney 
May 28, 2009
THE EVERGLADES,
Florida
(Reuters)

– The population of Burmese pythons in Florida's Everglades may have grown to as many as 150,000 as the non-native snakes make a home and breed in the fragile wetlands, officials said Thursday.

Wildlife biologists say the troublesome invaders -- dumped in the Everglades by pet owners who no longer want them -- have become a pest and pose a significant threat to endangered species like the wood stork and Key Largo woodrat.

"They eat things that we care about," said Skip Snow, an Everglades National Park biologist, as he showed a captured, 15-foot (4.6-meter) Burmese python to U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who was on his first fact-finding mission to the Everglades since the Obama administration took office.

With Snow maintaining a strong grip on its head, the massive snake hissed angrily at Salazar and the other federal officials who gathered around it at a recreation area off Alligator Alley in the vast saw grass prairie. It took two other snake wranglers to control the python's body.

"A snake this size could eat a small deer or a bobcat without too much trouble," Snow told Salazar before the secretary boarded an airboat for a tour of the Everglades.

Everglades biologists have been grappling with the growing python problem for a decade. The snakes are one of the largest species in the world and natives of Southeast Asia, but they found a home to their liking in the Everglades when pet owners started using the wetland as a convenient dumping ground.

"They're fine when they're small but they can live 25 to 30 years. When they get bigger you have to feed them small animals like rabbits, and cleaning up after them, it's like cleaning up after a horse," Snow said. "People don't want big snakes."


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TRAPPERS AND HUNTERS



Pythons captured in the Everglades are often killed. Wildlife officials are trying trapping and other eradication methods, and are considering offering bounties to hunters. Scientists are experimenting with ways to lure the snakes into traps, including the use of pheromones -- chemicals that serve as sexual attractants -- as bait.

"They are estimating there are 150,000 of these snakes. They proliferate so quickly," said Florida Senator Bill Nelson, who accompanied Salazar on the airboat tour of the Everglades. "They've already found grown deer, they've found full sized bobcats inside them. It's just a matter of time before one gets the highly endangered Florida panther."

But biologists played down the risk to the panther, the most endangered species in the Everglades. There are believed to be only about 100 left, but they range over a territory of some 2 million acres.

"It would take some awfully unique circumstances for a python and a panther to meet up," said Darrell Land, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologist. "And the cats are very wary and they have very quick reaction times."

Pythons are not the only invader troubling the Everglades.

New fish and rodent species have also become pests, and two thriving colonies of the Nile monitor lizard, an Africa native that can grow to 7 feet in length, have established themselves on opposite sides of the state.

Nelson, a Democrat, said the Obama administration had committed $200 million, including $100 million of stimulus money, so far this year to Everglades restoration, a 35-year project valued at $8 billion when it was started nearly a decade ago.

The project is designed to restore natural water flow and native wildlife populations to the shallow, slow-moving river that dominates the interior of southern Florida.




(Editing by

Pascal Fletcher
and Mohammad Zargham)