The Everglades
For most of the last century, the Everglades was viewed as swampland that state and federal governments wanted turned into a useful, productive land. To achieve that goal, numerous government-engineering projects drained and dredged the Everglades, disrupting its natural water flow. As a result, only half of the original Everglades remain today. The rest has been converted into cities where most of South Florida’s five million people live and work, as well as some of the most productive farmland in the nation.

Everglades Forever Act Over the past 20 years, a massive national effort has been launched to preserve the remaining Everglades. The effort began with the passage of the 1994 Everglades Forever Act (EFA), which established a water quality standard for farm runoff that is twice as clean as rain, and directed the first phase of restoration. In 2000, Congress approved the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) - the most ambitious eco-system restoration ever undertaken in the world.

In October 2010, U.S. Sugar sold 26,800 acres of land to the South Florida Water Management District for the River of Grass initiative, which will allow large tracks of land to aid in Everglades Restoration.

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