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But beneath the surface, another danger lurks – sea level rise. More salt water is seeping in. Left unchecked, it could one day taint the drinking water supply for 8 million people in south Florida.

Dr. Tiffany Troxler walked us out to one of her Everglades research projects to show us how salt water is already damaging vital sawgrass plants.

“When we came out here and measured the salt, it was about three times higher than what we thought we would experience here,” Troxler said.

She said that makes re-introduction of fresh water all the more important. While many think the Everglades are beyond the tipping point, she remains hopeful.

“I like to say that we got ourselves into this mess – we can figure out how to get ourselves out of it,” Troxler said.

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