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Alarming water levels in the Everglades

Posted at 7:17 PM, Nov 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-03 19:18:04-04

It's being called a potential ecological catastrophe.

That's what Florida Fish and Wildlife calls what's happening in the Everglades.

Wildlife is at risk.

FWC invited us on an airboat tour to see the impacts of significant rainfall over the past several months has had on the area.

"Terrestrial wildlife has no place to go," said Tom Reinert with FWC.

It started during the Summer, then came Irma, and then this weekend Phillipe.

Water levels now at 13 feet which is 32 inches above the desired level.

"Catastrophic event," said Commissioner Ron Bergeron.

He is worried the 16 state and federally listed species are in danger.

Bergeron is calling on the Army Corps of Engineers to increase discharges from the Everglades to the Northeast Shark River Slough.

"Minimize the duration of this event and minimize the impacts to all wildlife that lives in the Everglades," said Bergeron.

He says if no action is taken the impact could be unprecedented.