Encompassing nearly 4 million acres of historic subtropical wetlands, Southern Florida is home to the Greater Everglades Ecosystem which slowly flows from the Kissimmee River basin to Lake Okeechobee and down through the central Everglades to the southern coast and Florida Bay. This system of rivers, lakes, wetlands, and esturaries is home to more than 60 threatened and endangered species and the subject of the largest hydrologic restoration project ever undertaken in the United States, the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). This ecosystem is also important as it serves to provide and filter the drinking water for the 6+ million residents of the greater Miami metropolitan area.
The Florida Center for Environmental Studies strongly supports the restoration of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem by conducting the highest-quality research in areas of wetland ecology and in providing technical expertise to the public, policy-makers, and the scientific community. CES is actively engaged with these stakeholders in the dissemination of the best science through research, educational courses, workshops, and outreach programs. CES has well-established synergistic research partnerships and collaborations with many Federal and State agencies, local government, NGOs, and other Universities currently involved in the science of the restoration.