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Saturday, April 11 • 12:45pm - 5:00pm
Tour 6: Freshwater in South Florida and the Everglades: Multiple stressors at the Natural/Urban Interface (REGISTRATION REQUIRED - SEPARATE FEE)

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Registering for Tours
A limited number of tours, designed for urban researchers, are available during the Conference. Conference attendees can register for tours in advance via the online registration form or in-person at the conference  registration office located on the 2nd floor of the InterContinental Hotel in the Chopin Ballroom.  Tours have limited space.  So if you are interested, it is wise to register and pay your tour fees as soon as possible.  Our most popular tours will likely become full by early January.
ALL tours begin at 1:00pm. Tour participants will meet in the hotel lobby at 12:45pm before departure.
Tour 6: Freshwater in South Florida and the Everglades: Multiple stressors at the Natural/Urban Interface
Saturday, April 11 – 1:00pm-5:00pm
Bus tour | Location = Everglades National Park, South Entrance (Florida City)
Price: TBD
Capacity: TBD

Tour organizer and leader: Dr. Leonard J. (Len) Scinto, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environment and Associate Director, Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC), Florida International University.

Pre-development, low-lying, peninsular South Florida was once home to the > 1.1 million hectare Everglades that during the wet season would cover most of the area with shallow, slowly-flowing freshwater. In the last century South Florida has developed into a major urban area with a human population of approximately 9 million and a large and important agricultural industry. This development was made possible by large-scale hydrological modifications, including approx. 2,500 km of canals and levees and hundreds of water control structures, which drained the land and diverted the water. Additionally, urban development was facilitated by the construction of approximately 17,000 retention ponds and borrow-pits that dot the landscape as “urban lakes”. Multiple demands/issues affecting the freshwater resources of South Florida include: irrigation, eutrophication, flood prevention, drinking water supply, landscape aesthetics, and saltwater intrusion due to sea-level rise. On-going hydrologic restoration efforts are meant to restore and protect Everglades’ ecosystems while simultaneously increasing the recharge to the unconfined, shallow Biscayne aquifer, the source of drinking water to approximately 3 million people. Additionally, the Everglades is a unique ecosystem; register as a World Heritage Site. This tour will highlight the co-occurring pressures of a large natural area in close juxtaposition to major urban development with particular focus on the often competing demands on freshwater for natural and urban systems.

Saturday April 11, 2015 12:45pm - 5:00pm EDT
Intercontinental Hotel (meet in lobby at 12:45pm)