Billions of Gallons of Freshwater Are Dumped at Florida’s Coasts. Environmentalists Want That Water in the Everglades

Scattered between the vast sugar cane and vegetable fields of Florida’s heartland and the fragile marshes of the Everglades are a series of wetlands, resembling nature but hardly natural, that together represent the largest experiment of its kind in the world.

The wetlands were built over the last 30 years to serve as a buffer between the farms that make the region south of Lake Okeechobee among the nation’s most bountiful and the Everglades, where a $21 billion restoration effort is one of the most ambitious of its kind in human history.

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