ORVIS | Follow The Water – A journey to restore America’s Everglades

When most people think of the Everglades, they picture the sawgrass wetlands and mangroves at the southern tip of Florida. What they don’t realize is that this incredible ecosystem’s health depends upon events far to the north. Historically, the Everglades received a steady supply of fresh water from a massive watershed that begins near Orlando, but over the past century—in the name of flood control and agriculture—man has interrupted that flow, most notably at Lake Okeechobee. As a result, the amount of freshwater that reaches Florida Bay is less than half of what it should be.

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