Why Should the Everglades Be Saved?

Jane Graham of the Huffington Post notes there are a number of reasons to save the Everglades, including the preservation of drinking water. She explains that the Everglades provide drinking water for over 7 million Americans, all of whom can be impacted by efforts to conserve the Everglades.

Saving the Everglades also helps to maintain Florida's economy, as the area provides the foundation for Florida's $67 billion tourism industry. The Everglades also have an impact on the $13 billion dollar outdoor recreation economy of Florida and a $100 billion agriculture sector of the state.

Florida is still reeling in many ways from government intervention that aimed to drain excess water from the state in the 1940s. This introduced a series of canals, levees, pump stations and other methods of controlling water into the wetlands. However, the process drained too much water, and now over 1.7 billion gallons of water continue to drain from the Everglades every day. This process drastically affects local ecosystems and causes competition for the allocation of scarce water resources. Various Everglades restoration projects are in motion to recover some of what has been lost and to provide flood protection and clean water to the residents of South Florida.