Water Flow Q & A
What is the purpose of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP)?
The premise of the plan is "getting the water right." This means achieving the right quality, quality, timing and distribution of water in the Everglades.
The purpose of the plan is to re-establish a more natural flow of water throughout south Florida, which includes the Everglades marsh, as well as ensure reliable water supplies and provide flood control.
The Plan ensures that there is water for plants, wildlife and people. Restoring a more natural flow of water to the Everglades will ultimately result in a long-term, sustainable water supply for south Florida. It will also provide flood control and restore the natural habitat for the ecosystem's plants and animals.
Decades of drainage and development have reduced the size of Everglades by almost one half, while rainfall over the same area has remained relatively unchanged. Putting 100 percent of the historical water into an area that is now half of its original size would drown the Everglades. Florida will be putting the right amount of water at the right time to restore the health of the remaining Everglades.
Last updated: January 27, 2009