- Disappearing Muck in The Southern Everglades Agricultural Area
The disappearance of the Muck soil due to wind erosion and
oxidation within the farmed areas of the Southern EAA presents a serious obstacle
in the Everglades Restoration Plan and the "recreation" of a portion
of the historic Everglades flow way from Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay that
the repurchase by the State of Florida of the U.S. Sugar Corporations land
holdings present - as an opportunity for the expansion of this plan. It's
not "as simple" as removing a section of the Hoover Dike between South Bay
and Clewiston - and extending this diked lake boundary South & East/West.
This "mearly" expands The Lake's limits (and storage capacity) which
IS a "good thing".
The Engineering challange will be in the creation of a MASSIVE series of
stepped - generally southward flowing shallow filter marshes at essentially
the current (lowered) ground elevations, with a series of pumps to raise the
water to the next section (similar to a series of "locks") in order to recreate
the benificial Everglades Sawgrass habitat and realize the removal of the
increased phosphate loads from The Lake - prior to it's release into
the North end of Water Conservation Area #3. for it's final flow South and
West through The Everglades National Park, the Big Cypress and Fakahatchhee
Strand Preserves - to Florida Bay.