Writer Annette Thompson has traveled to the Florida Everglades more than a dozen times. Here, mindful of the fragility of one of the South’s last wild places, she describes the things she treasures most.
The Problem: Levees and canals rob the land of essential water. “We get plenty of rain, but we don’t store the water,” says Linda Friar, a park ranger. “Ninety-five percent of rainwater that gets into the canals makes it to the ocean in less than 24 hours.” The water that does enter these protected areas is often compromised with pollutants.