August 23, 2003 |
From the helicopter flying at 500 feet, the intruder is soon visible: a fringe of cattails, undulating lazily in the hot breeze of a Florida summer's midday. For Gary Goforth, an environmental engineer on the chopper, the lush, densely packed plants stretching in a bright green smudge alongside the L-7 Borrow Canal are an unwelcome sight. They are a noxious force, as well as a warning that this expanse of Florida's vast, watery wilderness is ill.
May 21, 2003 |
Gov. Jeb Bush signed a bill Tuesday that could extend the deadline for cleaning up the Everglades by 10 years, despite objections from environmentalists and a judge's warning that the law may violate a federal agreement. Bush said the cleanup will be more than 95% complete by the original deadline of 2006. A related bill that Bush says will address environmentalists' concerns was passed by a Senate committee later Tuesday.
December 29, 2001 |
A Bush administration draft of rules for a $7.8-billion restoration of the Florida Everglades maps out a broad strategy to save water but has no deadlines or time lines demanded by environmental activists. The draft, released by the Army Corps of Engineers, includes only the most general of plans for saving the nation's shrinking wetlands. The blueprint specifies elimination of canals, conservation of water and the tracking of wildlife over three decades.
October 20, 2000 |
The House on Tuesday approved the first phase of a $7.8-billion plan to restore the Florida Everglades, one of the nation's largest such environmental projects. More than half of the 300-mile-long Everglades ecosystem has been destroyed through decades of flood-control efforts that, while benefiting farms and new housing communities, disrupted the natural flow of water. The legislation, part of a larger water resources bill, authorizes the U.S.
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February 5, 2000 |
Cquvator Gatson, a park ranger with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, was granted the Superior Service Award this week by the Department of the Interior for her contributions to the park service interpretation program and for excellence in service. Gatson, 49, who has worked for the National Park Service for more than 16 years, balances duties as an interpretive ranger with training responsibilities and groundbreaking projects.
June 3, 1999 |
They once were one of this nation's most reclusive Indian tribes, a small band of 400 who lived so deep in the Everglades--among the alligators and the saw grass--that few outsiders ever saw them. But next week, the Miccosukee tribe will host what amounts to a coming out party in its wetland home, and everyone is invited.
May 19, 1999 |
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt approved a plan to protect the Florida panther, the blue tail mole skink and other endangered animals and plants in the Everglades, calling it the most comprehensive effort of its kind in U.S. history. Such plans usually focus on one threatened plant or animal at a time, or a few species in one ecosystem. The new plan is unprecedented because it covers 68 species living in 23 diverse habitats.
April 21, 1999 |
The flames that have roared through the Everglades, cutting off the region's main east-west highway and casting smoke over Miami, are part of a natural cycle that forestry officials say will actually help renourish the ecosystem. "This is actually like a rebirth process," said John Fish, a spokesman for the state Division of Forestry. "Three months from now you probably won't even be able to tell this burned."
April 20, 1999 |
The major east-west highway across the southern part of Florida was closed for the third straight day Monday as uncontrolled wildfires burning in the Everglades shrouded Interstate 75 with thick black smoke. Motorists planning to use the toll road, called "Alligator Alley," again were forced to make long detours to travel between Miami and Fort Lauderdale on the east coast and Naples and Fort Myers on the west.
April 19, 1999 |
A fire fed by rapidly shifting wind burned out of control in the Florida Everglades, consuming 70,000 acres of dry marsh grass and creating clouds of smoke that darkened the Miami area. The fire began on the Everglades' western edge Saturday, possibly ignited by heat from a vehicle's catalytic converter. It quickly became the largest of more than 2,450 blazes that have burned 130,000 acres in the state this year.