This year has witnessed the completion of landmark Everglades restoration initiatives. The Tamiami Roadbed removal finished six months ahead of schedule, and with the historic road gone, billions of gallons of water now flow into the Everglades once more.
The Kissimmee River Restoration – decades in the making – returns the river back to its meandering path after a disastrous attempt at channelization in the 1960s and early 1970s. Forty miles of river and floodplain have been restored, returning almost 25,000 acres to wetlands. Other projects are still in the development, from the EAA Reservoir to a new water management schedule for Lake Okeechobee. But how will we know if they are improving the health of the Everglades?
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