One of the Everglades' principle environmental concerns is water loss.Water loss is a primary concern in the Florida Everglades. Photo taken by Michelle Aldridge, 1998.

Before humans began altering its landscape about 100 years ago, the Everglades had two seasons: rainy and dry. (National Park Service, 2002) But when humans began altering water patterns to provide farmland and end human thirsts, flooding these fragile grasslands did more damage than good. (Encarta, "Everglades National Park")

Wildlife and fish have not been able to adjust to these new water cycles and distribution patterns. Farm run-off contaminated the remaining water, further jeopardizing the ecosystem's biodiversity balance. (Encarta, "Everglades National Park")

Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working with the Everglades National Park Service to establish natural rainfall patterns and water regulation, and the natural water path is protected and preserved by federal law. (Encarta, "Everglades National Park")

Ecotourism Water Loss Keystone Species

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