The health of the Everglades’ ecosystem—consisting of saw-grass wetlands and mangroves at the southern end of Florida—is in danger. The area’s flora and fauna are dependent on a supply of fresh water from a watershed near Orlando, farther north. But over the past 100 years, that water flow, specifically at Lake Okeechobee, has been interrupted by man-made efforts to control flooding and expand agriculture. The end result: less than half of the necessary fresh water ever reaches Florida Bay.
In this new release from Orvis and Praech Productions, Follow the Water, Orvis’s Simon and Hannah Perkins meet up with scientists, conservationists, and fishing guides along the length of the Everglades’ watershed to discuss what can be done to get more fresh water flowing south.