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2011-03-11 11:49:49

Crocodiles and alligators in the Florida Everglades now have a new job: helping US scientists in their fight to preserve the fragile wetlands. Researchers are implanting the reptiles with satellite chips in a science first that will allow scientists to follow the animals' movements through different parts of the immense national park. The chips will bounce back information on changes in the ecosystem and its impact on the size and movement patterns of the crocs and gators. "They are giving...

2011-03-10 23:16:15

The Everglades National Park in Florida is home to hundreds of species of native wildlife. It has also become the well-established home of the non-native Burmese python"”known to be a predator of native species. Now scientists, for the first time, have conducted a detailed analysis of the avian component of the python's diet and the negative impact the snakes may have on Florida's native birds, including some endangered species. The Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus), native to...

2010-09-23 13:05:15

A decade-long, multibillion dollar effort to restore the Florida Everglades has made tangible albeit slow progress, but additional projects need completion before substantial benefits are seen, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Research Council. Challenges in achieving targets for both water quality and water flow have become more apparent, requiring further scientific analysis to determine the repercussions of trading off one for the other. Although important...

2010-08-03 13:47:00

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Everglades is the largest remaining subtropical wilderness in the United States. It is a national treasure, unlike any other ecosystem in the world. The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) is a joint project among state, federal, tribal and local governments to restore, preserve and protect the South Florida ecosystem, while providing for other water related needs of the region, including water supply and flood protection....

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2010-04-02 07:28:47

A deal proposed by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to save the Everglades is in danger now that a Federal District Court Judge has ordered construction of a $700 million reservoir in Palm Beach County to resume. Approximately two years ago, Crist proposed to purchase the Everglades land owned by United States Sugar Corp. for $1.75 billion dollars. At the time, he called it a deal that would rescue the wetlands and would be "as monumental as the creation of the nation's first national park,...

2010-03-31 18:15:00

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Federal District Court Judge Federico Moreno today renewed the potential for Everglades restoration to become a reality by ordering the South Florida Water Management District to resume and complete construction of the A-1 reservoir, one of 68 projects authorized under the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). Construction commenced on the massive 16,700-acre reservoir, the largest in the world, in 2006 as part of former Gov. Jeb...

2010-03-25 12:32:00

BELLE GLADE, Fla., March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was released today by George H. Wedgworth, president and CEO of Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida regarding the controversial proposed acquisition of U.S. Sugar Corp. lands. "Nearly two years after Gov. Charlie Crist announced his vision of a 'flowway' to reconnect the Everglades by acquiring all the assets of U.S. Sugar Corp. for $1.75 billion, it has become clear that the only way to have real progress on...

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2010-03-24 11:06:10

A study by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists shows that sugarcane can tolerate flooded conditions for up to two weeks. That's good news for growers who are using best management practices for controlling phosphorous runoff into the Everglades. Phosphorous stays attached to the soil for a long time even with the moderate rates of phosphorous fertilizer applied to sugarcane in Florida. If growers immediately drain their flooded fields after heavy rains have stirred up the soil,...

2010-03-05 11:30:00

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) receives praise for its proven success in cleaning water south of Lake Okeechobee by two top state environmental agencies in their annual restoration report. The 2010 South Florida Environmental Report, published by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the South Florida Water Management District, reveals the EAA achieved a 68 percent reduction in phosphorus loads in 2009 and an overall...


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