For those of us living along the lower east coast of Florida, the Everglades is a backyard wilderness, the source of our drinking water and an important hurricane buffer. It is also a flat, low-lying wetland with an imperceptible slope, making it quite vulnerable to sea-level rise.
Once a 50-mile-wide “River of Grass” extending from Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay, the Everglades is now divided by canals and levees into units we know as Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve and the Water Conservation Areas.
Check out the full Sun Sentinel article here.
Larry Perez, a biologist at Everglades National Park, in June 2017 looks at the impact of sea level rise on the southern fringe of the park. The concern is that more salt-tolerant vegetation will encroach into formerly freshwater areas as the ocean rises. (Sun Sentinel)