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A New Bridge in the Everglades
Author: teddygirl | Monday January 18, 2010
The following is from the National Parks Conservation Association, an organization is protecting parks for future generations.
On December 4, 2009, the National Park Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers broke ground on a new bridge along the Tamiami Trail, just north of Everglades National Park in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Tamiami Trail has long acted as a dam, stopping the natural flow of water through the greater Everglades ecosystem into Everglades National Park and Florida Bay. The park is literally dying of thirst--and as a result, wading bird populations have declined along with the quality of their habitat.
Twenty years in the making, this groundbreaking project represents an important step forward in restoration. A one-mile bridge will allow more water to flow south into Everglades National Park, improving conditions for native wildlife. Much work still remains: Ten miles of road continue to block water flow into the park. But the National Park Service is currently developing a plan for a second phase to build additional bridging.
For more information, visit National Parks Conservation Associations website.