The restoration of the Everglades ecosystem in South Florida is the largest of its type in the world today. The Central and South Florida (C&SF) Comprehensive Review Study (known as the Restudy) was sent to the Congress on July 1, 1999, and passed as the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) in December 2000. The total project is expected to cost $8 billion over the next decades, with funding split half from the federal government and half from the state of Florida. If fully implemented, the Everglades Plan is expected to revitalize the ecosystem by improving the quantity, quality, distribution, and timing of the natural water flows, while assuring more-reliable flood protection for the cities, and a more-regular supply of water for agriculture. The Everglades Plan thus promises the best of all worlds to the major stakeholders of the region. This is ironic indeed, given the long-term litigation concerning the finding that upstream agriculture has been responsible for polluting the Everglades in the first place.* The hypothesis of this chapter is that the major investments required to save the Everglades may inadvertently accelerate its destruction for the following three reasons. First, by assuring an adequate, low-cost supply of water and more extensive flood protection, the plan will allow the high levels of economic growth of the region to continue. Second, the very magnitude of the construction and operation of the rescue mission itself, together with its economic linkages, might cause a significant increase in jobs and income. Third, enhanced amenities that restoration will bring to the region will encourage new activities, such as ecotourism, further home construction, and greater levels of in-migration. All these will create even greater pressures on the ecosystem, especially higher demands for water and land.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Managing for Healthy Ecosystems|
|Number of pages||24|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2002|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
- Environmental Science(all)