A New Model to Restore the Everglades
More than 100 years ago a group of people decided to drain the Everglades to create dry land that could grow crops. This plan and more bigger plans in the years that followed drained even more of the River of Grass as Marjory Stoneman Douglas described it. Now we are all paying a terrible price for this colossal mistake.
In our rivers, lakes, Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, all manner of fish, manatees, porpoises, birds, sea turtles, seagrass, coral reefs and everything in our waters is sick and frequently dying. We are running out of clean fresh water. The water that is coming down the Kissimmee River basin is horribly polluted and hundreds of millions of gallons of this is dumped into the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.
There are many reasons we have not been able to turn these problems around but one of the biggest problems has been a lack of funding. Our for profit sister corporation will build Conservation Communities where we purchase critical lands and build these communities on 10% of the properties. Then, 90% of the land will be placed in a permanent conservation easement and the land will be managed to eliminate the excess phosphate, nitrogen and other harmful substances from entering the watershed. This will allow a huge amount of land that the state has long wanted to protect to be purchased, protected and made healthy.