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FWS Tacitly Accepts Massive Damage to Everglades

Stuart L. Pimm

Background
Since 1993, water managers have dumped historically unprecedented amounts of water into the western part of the Everglades — and not the East, which is the natural flow path. In doing so, they have destroyed the natural vegetation over nearly 1000 square kilometers in the West, leaving the eastern Everglades too dry and prone to fire. What has limited their ability to do more damage, has been the Federally listed Cape Sable sparrow. In the past, FWS has made it clear that the western populations of this bird were essential to its survival. Indeed, a year ago, the FWS declared these western populations to be in Critical Habitat — a designation that helps protect the birds and the habitat. Now, apparently bowing to political pressure, they have changed their minds.

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