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The Everglades Ecosystem: From Engineering to Litigation to Consensus-Based Restoration

13 St. Thomas L. Rev. 667 (2000)

30 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2015  

John J. Fumero

South Florida Water Management District

Keith W. Rizzardi

St. Thomas University School of Law

Date Written: September 9, 2011

Abstract

This article explores the history and future of South Florida's ecosystem restoration efforts. Part II provides a general introduction to South Florida's history of attempting to transform nature through engineering and manipulation of the natural environment. Part III explores the consequences of those engineering efforts for the Everglades ecosystem, and its recent history of litigation, negotiation and legislation that culminated with the passage and ongoing implementation of the Everglades Forever Act and Congressional adoption of historic legislation implementing the CERP. Part IV describes the future of environmental restoration throughout the greater Everglades ecosystem, including the restoration of Lake Okeechobee and the implementation and funding of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. Finally, Part V provides the authors' conclusions.

Suggested Citation

Fumero, John J. and Rizzardi, Keith W., The Everglades Ecosystem: From Engineering to Litigation to Consensus-Based Restoration (September 9, 2011). 13 St. Thomas L. Rev. 667 (2000). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1925056

John Fumero

South Florida Water Management District

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Keith Rizzardi (Contact Author)

St. Thomas University School of Law ( email )

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Miami, FL 33054
United States
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