For decades, one of Florida’s top environmental challenges has been the restoration of the Everglades. Scientists have studied it, legislators have debated it, the state and federal governments have wrangled over funding it, and environmentalists have publicized it. One would think the problem is bigger than ever. Or, is it?

Restoring the Everglades, and dealing with its related issues, is certainly not Florida’s only environmental problem, but it is one of the most complex. Dating back to the late 1880s, Florida has been recognized for its economic potential. Entrepreneurs, farmers, and ranchers have often worked together to increase land, prosper economically, and improve the safety and quality of life. These efforts have made Florida the third most populous and one of the most prosperous states in the Union. But, over the years, a price has been paid by the environment in general and the Everglades in particular.

It is said that, “a problem well defined is half the solution.” When it comes to Everglades restoration, two major problems stand out.

Read more about “Priority Restoration Projects Deserve Amendment 1 Funding” in the latest JMI Issue Commentary by clicking the cover page below.

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