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The Everglades – Florida’s Lifeblood

The Everglades – Florida’s Lifeblood

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New campaign launches to educate South Floridians about the origin of their freshwater, and the importance of Everglades conservation.

Do you know where your freshwater comes from? If you don’t, you’re not alone. 42% of Florida residents get their water from the Everglades, but a recent survey showed that 95% of Miami-Dade and Broward residents don’t know this.

This is why The Everglades Foundation has launched a new education campaign. The ‘Your Water Comes From The Everglades’ campaign is targeted at residents of Miami-Dade, Broward, and the Keys.

As Miami-Dade and Broward especially continue to grow and welcome new residents, it’s more important than ever that people be made aware that the water they use in their everyday lives – from brushing their teeth and doing their laundry, to brewing their coffee and filling their pools – comes from the Everglades.

“People think of the Everglades as just that national park that you can go to, near Homestead. But it’s three times bigger than the national park, and it’s a resource for all Floridians,” said Begoñe Cazalis, director of communications for The Everglades Foundation.

Understanding the threats that the Everglades are under from pollution, development, and climate change is key to ensuring the continued supply of freshwater into the future. This campaign aims to inform and educate residents about these threats, and how they can help in the restoration and preservation of the Everglades, through informed voting and conversation with local officials.

Cazalis pointed out that “What’s at stake is the freshwater of 9 million people.”

It’s not only residents who are affected, of course. Millions of tourists visit Florida annually, and the tourism and hospitality industry depends on having a clean supply of freshwater. The fishing industry, too, relies on this freshwater. That the continued preservation and restoration of the Everglades is vital to the economy is undeniable. And that’s only looking at the impact on human lives. The Everglades are also incredibly biodiverse, housing more than 2,000 species of animals and plants.

“Without water, there’s really nothing, and that’s why the Everglades is so important,” said Cazalis. She noted that Everglades restoration should be a concern for every resident, from teachers to hoteliers, and continued, “I think the most important thing is for all of us to feel responsible and proud of this unique ecosystem.”

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More information about the campaign is available in English and in Spanish.

Additionally, the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department routinely monitors drinking water for parameters in accordance with local, state and federal rules and regulations, and has released the 2021 Annual Water Quality Report. If you would like a paper copy of the report mailed to your home, please call 786-552-8800.

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