1000 Friends of Florida

The Everglades

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The Everglades is a truly unique and distinctive American ecosystem. While billions of dollars have been expended on the engineering aspects of Everglades restoration, scant attention has been paid to the tremendous development pressures facing the fringes of the Everglades.

According to 1000 Friends of Florida’s report, Florida 2060, the 11 counties comprising South Florida are anticipated to mushroom from around 6.3 million in 2005 to close to 14 million in 2060, requiring almost two-and-a-half times as much urban land to accommodate this population if current development patterns continue.

If not appropriately directed, this development could undermine Everglades restoration efforts and affect the source of drinking water for more than a third of all Floridians.

Since its inception, 1000 Friends has worked to promote sound planning in the region, with particular emphasis on Palm Beach and Martin counties.

1000 Friends of Florida also has participated in numerous successful legal challenges to protect the Everglades from impacts from Miami-Dade to Martin counties, including cases challenging the expansion of urban service boundaries and allowing rock mining.

Recent news:

1000 Friends of Florida Webinar Broadcast:  Everglades Planning: An Ongoing Crisis, an Emerging Solution (August 28, 2013).Tens of billions of gallons of dangerously polluted water is rushing into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers, damaging the environment and threatening human health. Part of the solution is the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP). During this webinar Everglades Foundation staff discusses the current crisis and its impact throughout the ecosystem, the importance of CEPP, what other projects need to be completed, and the next steps we need to take to protect America’s Everglades.  (Presentation begins at 1:15) Click here to view the PowerPoint from the webinar.

Leasing state lands in the EAA — The Governor and Cabinet are considering long-term leases for state-owned lands in the Everglades Agricultural Area.  1000 Friends of Florida, the Florida Wildlife Federation, and Everglades Law Center have raised concerns about this.  See the letter outlining our concerns and a copy of the proposed lease.

Importance of the FDOT Future Corridors Initiative to Everglades Restoration (September 2013) — 1000 Friends of Florida summarizes the impacts the Florida Department of Transportation’s Future Corridors Initiative will have on efforts to restore the Everglades.  See also the FDOT Future Corridors Evaluation Criteria which were spearheaded by 1000 Friends and approved for use by FDOT.

1000 Friends of Florida information:

Planning Strategies for the Everglades Agricultural Area (2009) – Encompassing approximately 700,000 acres, the EAA is an integral part of the greater Everglades ecosystem. This study by 1000 Friends of Florida identifies threats to the area and planning strategies to address them.

1000 Friends of Florida and Everglades Protection – Since its inception, 1000 Friends has been an active presence in South Florida.  This is a summary of some of 1000 Friends’ major accomplishments from 2006-2014 in promoting sound planning to protect the greater Everglades ecosystem from inappropriately sited development and infrastructure.

Working to Sustain Florida’s Rural and Natural Lands: A Call to Action (2007) – Alarmed by the projections included in Florida 2060, 1000 Friends Chairman Emeritus Nathaniel Reed convened a group of some of the state’s leading conservationists, developers, and agricultural leaders to chart a different course for Florida’s future.

Palm Beach and Martin County Initiative – 1000 Friends of Florida focuses considerable effort on Palm Beach and Martin counties to address planning issues, including those that impact the greater Everglades ecosystem.

Plans and studies:

The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) – This site and plan are the result of a partnership of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Florida Water Management District, and many other federal, state, local and tribal partners to restore the Everglades.

The Comprehensive Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) –A new emphasis on planning in a shorter time frame, the CEPP reduces a 5-6 year process down to 18 months.

Florida links:

South Florida Water Management District

Southwest Florida Water Management District

Clean Water Action Florida

Everglades Foundation

Everglades Law Center

Hold the Line

Tropical Audubon Society



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