Everglades Restoration is Key for Florida’s Future

FIU’s proximity to the Florida Everglades has positioned FIU scientists to lead efforts to restore the endangered ecosystem, says Todd Crowl, director of FIU’s Institute of Environment. The NSF-funded Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research program at FIU is a centerpiece of those efforts.

“Restoration is key because when water can once again move north to south, more clean water can fill up the Everglades and the aquifer, allowing fresh water to push back the salt water,” explains Crowl. Restoration would safeguard Floridians, attract tourists, protect the home of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, and ensure animals and plants found only in the Everglades would still have a place to live.

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