Efforts to restore the Everglades

Everglades marshes

Some of the world’s largest hubs are faced with the unprecedented threat of sea level rise – the Everglades being one of them. Made up of coastal mangroves – sawgrass marshes and pine flatwoods – the glades are home to an array of wildlife. Threatened by climate change, the Everglades are in dire need of restoration.

With help from the Everglades Foundation and the Comprehensive Restoration Plan, policies have been adopted to help restore the Everglades. FIU researchers are also in the field examining the effects of climate change that are taking a toll on the glades.

Tiffany Troxler, director of science for the FIU Sea Level Solutions Center has been studying the wetland’s ecosystem and its relations to sea level rise. She tells AP News, “You can think about these soils as your bank account. In the condition that this marsh is right now, the outlook is not good.”

Salinity levels have increased in these marshes due to a rise in sea water and a lack of fresh water. Troxler and other scientists say this may cause a delay in plant growth.

In a recent report to Congress, a panel of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine wrote, “At this pace of restoration, it is even more imperative that agencies anticipate and design for the Everglades of the future.”

This article first appeared in AP News on Dec. 2, 2019.