Making the Connection: Southern Everglades Restoration and the Estuary Solution •
Stuart, Fla- Plantation Ballroom The Everglades community has long embraced the need to “send it south.” The ability to send clean water south depends on the success of a suite of projects in South Dade to improve flow and distribution into Everglades National Park, including the Modified Water Deliveries Project, C-111 South Dade, C-111 Spreader Canal, the Central Everglades Project, and bridging Tamiami Trail. What will it take to get the water right for the southern Everglades, and what hangs in the balance? This includes direct benefits needed for Florida Bay and the Keys communities that depend on clean water, as well as relief for
the northern communities desperately seeking a safe outlet for the overflow that burdens the coastal estuaries. The amount of water flowing into Everglades National Park will remain the limiting factor for overall ecosystem until we get it right.
Moderator: Ansley Samson, Everglades Law Center
Panelists: Ron “Alligator” Bergeron, Bergeron Everglades Wildlife Foundation; Cara Capp, National Parks
Conservation Association; Steve Friedman, Florida Keys Fishing Guides Association; Lt. General Todd T. Semonite, Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Brandon Tucker, South Florida Water Management District Governing Board