Coherent picture of the pre-drainage Everglades emerges from extensive mapping of all available observations, combined with mechanistic understanding of processes of drainage-induced change. The use of the historical township surveys provides a convenient tool for comparing areas between current and historical times, and it is quite remarkable how some fragments of the landscape have persisted through the decades. It appears that the layout of this new book was decided not based on the editors' past experiences, but by economic constraints likely imposed by the publisher. After setting out their sources and methods, they explore phases of Everglades drainage, effects of the drainage, reconstructing the predrainage landscape, Lake Okeechobee and the Okeechobee Marsh, Sawgrass Plains, Custard Apple and Cypress Swamps, Ridge and Slough landscape, marl marshes, landscapes bordering the Everglades, and predrainage hydrology. Those firsthand descriptions provide valuable insight into the conditions that existed prior to the construction of the first canals. Based on experimentally derived mesocosm and field studies and historical evidence, we developed a predictive performance measure to assess hydrologic suitability for N. Development of next generation models are underway to support the implementation of restoration projects and provide information for the engineering design and permitting of project features.
The Everglades restoration arena consists of many stakeholders with legal and legitimate claims on their respective use of the resource. While all the Journal Ecological Restoration — University of Wisconsin Press Published: May 4, 2012. There is a tendency for many to consider the 1943 vegetation survey by J. Our case study provides a methodology for how to utilize hydrologic suitability for native vegetation to evaluate effects of modeled restoration scenarios. Balancing the goal of the restoration with the stakeholder needs is where the research and information contained in Landscapes and Hydrology of the Predrainage Everglades will prove to be very valuable. Retrieved Mar 12 2019 from 9780813035352 Landscapes and hydrology of the predrainage Everglades.
Abstract: In this chapter, we briefly discuss the development of the Everglades over the past 5 million years, the modifications made to the Everglades over the past century and a half and the quantification of the changes that have occurred to the peat soils of the Everglades due to natural and anthropogenic causes during this most recent period. The amount of peat lost has implications for hydrological, ecological and landscape restoration and habitat recovery for the Everglades. In this part of the system, the status quo condition of lowered lake levels has a large contingent of supporters. On a more positive note, I do believe that this book, despite its largely flawed visual presentation, represents the best overview of repeat photography available today. The remaining landscape types of the Everglades, namely the Sawgrass plains, Custard Apple and Cypress swamps, ridge and slough.
Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Re fuge, and consists of four 8 ha macrocosms Aich et al. The islands were designed to mimic both the topography and substrate of natural tree islands. Changes in soils, vegetation, topography, and hydrology each have distinct time constants. Landscapes and Hydrology of the Predrainage Everglades provides detailed descriptions of the pre-drainage Everglades, gleaned from a plethora of historic sources, including notes from explorers' expeditions and surveyors who traveled and worked in the Everglades during the early- to mid-nineteenth century. Chapter 3 lays the necessary groundwork for the reconstruction of the Everglades landscape presented in Chapter 4.
Our analysis indicates that additional restoration efforts are needed to fully restore native slough vegetation communities throughout the Everglades ridge and slough landscape. The predisturbance Everglades of the 1800s was one of the last American frontiers. It is interspersed with thousands of islands, from a quarter of an acre to several acres in area and generally having a few trees on them. Unprecedented efforts are underway to restore the Greater Everglades ecosystem. On the other side of the issue are those that feel that the connection between Lake Okeechobee and the remaining Everglades is paramount.
Landscapes and Hydrology of the Predrainage Everglades review Landscapes and Hydrology of the Predrainage Everglades review Kotun, Kevin. McVoy and colleagues' effort compliments them nicely by focusing on the history and providing numerous firsthand accounts of the activities of the early drainage era. Davis as representative of the pre-drainage Everglades. Simulation models have been used extensively to determine the performance of restoration alternatives and for planning operations of the existing system. Modeling was a critical component in the development and analysis of restoration alternatives by a multi-disciplinary group of scientists and stakeholders.
The system has changed so dramatically since the mid-19th century that restoration, in the true sense of the word, is simply not feasible. Journal Ecological Indicators — Elsevier Published: Jan 1, 2013. We propose that hydrologic suitability of white water lily, Nymphaea odorata , an indicator species of the native Florida Everglades slough vegetation community, be used to evaluate modeled restoration scenarios in the Everglades ridge and slough landscape. Our case study provides a methodology for how to utilize hydrologic suitability for native vegetation to evaluate effects of modeled restoration scenarios. When we speak of Everglades restoration, we are really talking about restoration of ecological function throughout the remaining system. In this instance, the cost of extra pages and higherquality printing apparently won out, and the reader is the unfortunate loser. It appears that the layout of this new book was decided not based on the editors' past experiences, but by economic constraints likely imposed by the publisher.
On a more positive note, I do believe that this book, despite its largely flawed visual presentation, represents the best overview of repeat photography available today. Eastern Flatwoods Eastern Flatwoods - numerous seasonal ponds, year-round cypress domes. For the ecological restoration practitioner, it provides the basic information needed to develop a purposeful rephotography project and strongly suggests that repeat photography can be used to quantitatively and qualitatively assess changes in vegetation. Historical Sources Click on images below for larger versions. Lake Okeechobee represents probably one of the most controversial issues for Everglades restoration.