For the last 30+ years, people have been talking about how to fix the Florida Everglades. Today, the water management issues in south Florida are as complex as ever.
In addition to being an environmental wonder, the Everglades provide essential “plumbing” to move water south in the state. However, the flow and structure of the Everglades has been substantially altered for over 100 years. The restoration of this historic flow is essential to maintaining ecological balance in South Florida estuaries and Florida Bay, which are vital to the fisheries, habitat and water quality our sportfishing industry relies on.
Florida is the “Fishing Capital of the World.” Sportfishing contributes $8.7 billion per year to the state’s economy and supports over 80,000 jobs, making the state an important focus of the industry. Continued industry success in Florida depends on clean waters, sustainable fisheries, and access to both.
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