ARRA Funds Help Save Everglades Habitat
January 5, 2011
Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, boasts rare and endangered species. It has been designated a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, and Wetland of International Importance, significant to all people of the world.
Dams on man-made canals in the southern portion of the park adjacent to the open sea waters of Florida Bay have failed and threaten the ecological health of many park habitats and species.
The National Park Service has been awarded $7 million dollars of American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funds to implement the Cape Sable dam project, a restoration effort that will replace the dams, saving precious habitat by keeping more water in the living sponge like reservoir system that is the Everglades.
The project has been a boast to the local economy which provides materiel and support.
The Cape Sable Dam will be completed by the end of March with all traces of construction and man gone in time for the nesting season of the endangered Crocodile.