8.01 Research Assignment: Your Local Watershed

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Student’s Name Course Tutor Date Local Watershed: Everglades There exist several watersheds downstream into which Everglades watershed drains into. Vero Beach is the major recipient water body below Everglades. On the other hand, the Big Cypress Swamp is the main water body that supplies the Everglades watershed (EPA, n.d) As a result of dynamic influences associated with human activities, such as agriculture and industrial waste disposal, Everglades has constantly been subjected to a significant level of pollution. According to statistical analysis, some of the major pollutants include; Mercury, Fecal Coliform, Nitrogenous composites, Total Suspended Solids (TSS), Phosphorus, Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD), Turbidity and faecal matter. They also include Alkalinity, Carbonate as CaCO3, Trophic State Index (TSI), Chlorophyll-A, Copper as well as organic mercury deposits found within the living cells and tissues of fish and also in other biological contexts of aquatic life forms (Lu et al., 2003). Everglades is a unique natural resource whose benefits have been realized across eleven counties. These counties include Broward, Indian River, Collier, Monroe, Palm Beach, Hendry, Dade, Glades, Okeechobee, St. Lucia and Martin counties are considered inherent part of the Everglades watershed (Lu et al., 2003) The FWF presents one of the most proactive groups that, for many years, has played a significant role in the Everglades’ restoration practices. The group has been working in collaboration with a variety of world’s wetland ecosystems conservation organizations. One of the major objectives of the group is to establish clean water flows through strategic

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