State Wildlife Officials Call for Action to Protect Everglades
FORT MYERS (by Alan McBride/FLA. NEWS NETWORK) -- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at its June meeting in Fort Myers on Thursday passed a resolution calling for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop an Emergency High Water Action Plan to maintain the Everglades ecosystem.
This resolution follows numerous efforts by the Commission to seek a proactive solution to these emergency situations.
High-water events cause serious near-term threats to the diverse wildlife in the Everglades, including threatened and endangered species.
The plan addresses short-term high-water impacts while ongoing and planned longer-term restoration efforts are being completed.
FWC biologists have provided partner agencies with science-based water management requirements based on seven decades of experience managing the area's fish and wildlife habitat.
FWC staff continues to work with partners on efforts to restore this area by participating in planning meetings and providing comments, review and input into future decisions about Everglades restoration.