Everglades National Park

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A state plan to protect estuaries by moving excess water north of Lake Okeechobee underground is sparking opposition.

The plan is aimed at preventing toxic algae blooms like last summer's by disposing of excess water through some 60 deep injection wells north of Lake Okeechobee.

Environmental activists and concerned citizens expressed outrage Thursday night over a planned development they say endangers a tract of rare pine rockland near Zoo Miami.

The critics say the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should intervene because the developer’s habitat conservation plan does not offer adequate protection to endangered and threatened species.

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The "River of Grass Greenway," a proposed 75-mile bike trail along US-41 that would link Naples to Miami, faces a critical vote in Collier County today. The project has been in the works for years

The Collier County Metropolitan Planning Organization began a meeting at 9 a.m. to discuss whether or not to withdraw support for the project, first given approval in 2008. The majority of the proposed corridor crosses public lands, including national and state parks, preserves, and wildlife refuges but needs county support to pursue state funding for the project.  The Miami-Dade Department of Parks and Recreation recently released a Feasibility Study and Master Plan for the project.

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Tucked inside a massive multi-billion federal waterworks bill is funding for a project proponents say is vital to the future of South Florida: the Central Everglades Planning Project.

The $1.9 billion dollars for CEPP, split between the federal and state government, is part of the $10 billion Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act. The CEPP plan will allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to put forward a "a suite of restoration projects in the central Everglades."

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This story contains a video on the modern Gladesman and an interactive timeline tracing Glades Culture from the 1800s to today.

Everglades National Park is phasing out the use of private airboats on land it began acquiring almost 30 years ago.

There are those who have been riding their vessels through this area long before it became part of the park.

They’re called Gladesmen. They’re the modern version of 19th-century settlers who made their living out there.

They say ending this tradition will erase part of their culture.  

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