South Florida water management : attitudes and priorities governing management
Draining the Everglades has been the central issue of southern Florida ever since the state was apnexed by the U.S. in .1845. Not until the twentieth century did water resource managers realize the detrimental repercussions of draining the Everglades. Now, south Florida finds itself in a state of crisis. In the aquifers and Lake Okeechobee water levels have dropped. Nutrient pollution has caused cattails to overrun the saw grass, from which the Everglades get there name. Continued development has placed more strain on the Everglades, and human water uses have often.been put under restraints due to lack of water. In order to understand the political and social priorities that guided the various water management agencies in the Everglades to this state of crisis, this research will review key events throughout the history of the Everglades, specifically analyzing what led to these events and how management reacted to them. This research will then analyze the priorities demonstrated through the various stages of water management in order to determine the presence of underlying social attitudes. Finally, this research will analyze the social attitudes as they pertain to water management in order to determine the presence of governing attitudes and paradigms, as well as implications of current attitudes on the future of the Everglades.
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences
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Andrews, Mary Allison, "South Florida water management : attitudes and priorities governing management" (2009). HIM 1990-2015. 809.