Everglades National Park Case Study

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This site at the southern tip of Florida has been called 'a river of grass flowing imperceptibly from the hinterland into the sea'. The exceptional variety of its water habitats has made it a sanctuary for a large number of birds and reptiles, as well as for threatened species such as the manatee. Everglades National Park is situated on the southern tip of the Florida Peninsula. The park is bounded by the Gulf of Mexico to the west, the Tamiami Trail and mostly state lands to the north and the Florida Keys to the south and south-east. It includes most of Florida Bay. The biosphere reserve includes Dry Tortugas National Park, a group of seven coral reefs and surrounding shoals, coral reefs and waters. Everglades National Park is a shallow basin…show more content…
Some interpretations of "existing legal sources" would exclude from protection any legal right that was not exercised on the date of enactment of the Act. This interpretation would potentially pose a problem for water deliveries to Everglades National Park. Water deliveries under the Minimum Deliveries Act of 1970, though enacted, were not actually being delivered to the Park in December 2000 (see Providing Water to Everglades National Park above). The Park argues that the level of water delivery stipulated in the Minimum Deliveries Act should be protected under the savings clause and that a historical operational water delivery plan, Base 83, in place prior to the Experimental Water Deliveries program, satisfies the 1970 Act and should be used in modeling scenar ios to establish a Pre-CERP Baseline against which the effects of projected CERP project implementations can be measured. This and other issues related to the programmatic regulations remain to be

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