Welcome to the newest installment of the Wednesday Wake-Up Name, a roundup of probably the most urgent conservation points necessary to anglers. Working with our pals at Trout Unlimited, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, The Everglades Foundation, Captains for Clean Water, VoteWater.org, and Conservation Hawks (amongst others), we’ll be sure to’ve bought the knowledge you might want to perceive the problems and kind stable opinions.
1. Recap of DC Journey to Promote Everglades-Restoration Funding
Final week, we advised you a few delegation to Washington DC–together with Orvis. the Everglades Foundation, Captains for Clean Water, Everglades Trust, and Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation–intent on securing the funding required to proceed the work outlined within the Complete Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). The oldsters from CfCL have produced an excellent recap of the journey:
We met with Senate and Home appropriations workers, new members of the Florida delegation, and congressional illustration from the east- and west-coast communities most impacted by dangerous Lake Okeechobee discharges.
Only for good measure, we left copies of the Wall Road Journal [Orvis] advert in addition to different Everglades informational materials as part of a deeper-dive packet for additional familiarization.
With their science-based coverage method, our companions at The Everglades Basis led the discussions, whereas SCCF demonstrated how restoration is significant to a majority of south-Florida communities’ fast and long-term livelihoods.
2. Learn About Everglades Restoration in “Follow the Water”
When most people think of the Everglades, they picture the sawgrass wetlands and mangroves at the southern tip of Florida. What they don’t realize is that the health of this incredible ecosystem is dependent upon events far to the north. Historically, the Everglades received a steady supply of fresh water from a massive watershed that begins near Orlando, but over the past century—in the name of flood control and agriculture—man has interrupted that flow, most notably at Lake Okeechobee. As a result, the amount of fresh water that reaches Florida Bay is less than half of what it should be.
The main goal of Everglades restoration is to send more fresh water south, but this is not as simple as it may sound. Simon and Hannah Perkins—cousins who are part of the third generation of the Perkins family to run Orvis—traveled the length of the Everglades watershed, talking to scientists, conservationists, and fishing guides to see first-hand the work being done and to explore what the future may hold.