THE EVERGLADES – Flooding continues in the Central Everglades. This photo shows the submerged road at the Shark Valley Entrance to Everglades National Park. On Nov. 22, ENP shared this message: “While Shark Valley remains closed for visitor safety as a result of high water levels, this water is playing an essential role in the Everglades. Water soaks into the soil and rock beneath the land, replenishing the aquifer and helping plants grow while providing a drinking source for both animals and people. Just like us, the Everglades needs water.
Without water, the marshes would dry up, the river of grass would cease to flow, plants would dry up, the fish would have no home, and the other animals would have no water to drink.
“Water from the Everglades also flows through the mangrove estuaries and into Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. This pulse of fresh water is great for our salt water fish and other marine species as well as the health of the Florida Bay ecosystem.
“While we patiently wait for nature to do its thing, our Gulf Coast and Homestead entrances remain open.”