Charity of the week
The Everglades, the largest subtropical wetland in the U.S., has shrunk more than 50 percent in the past century. The 1.5 million–acre region, which provides a habitat to endangered species and drinking water to 8 million people in South Florida, is being disrupted by pollution and by dams that have diverted freshwater. The Everglades Foundation (evergladesfoundation.org) is working to protect water quality and re-establish the natural water flow back to its original state before the region disappears forever. The organization’s projects, funded by a plan backed by Congress, include cleaning up nutrient pollution in Lake Okeechobee and modifying or removing dams to correct the flow of freshwater back throughout the Everglades.
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