FIGURE 5-2 Lake Okeechobee within the South Florida ecosystem. © International Mapping Associates.

FIGURE 5-2 Lake Okeechobee within the South Florida ecosystem. © International Mapping Associates.

impacts on the estuaries that receive direct flows from it. Allowing the lake to function as the heart of the Everglades as it used to in the pre-drainage system requires large additional restoration efforts. Therefore, the final section of the chapter addresses current and proposed restoration efforts and discusses additional options for restoring the system.



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