Water is flowing freely past the Tamiami Trail once again, the first time in 85 years it has done so. While traffic has been driving on the new elevated bridge over a mile long stretch of Tamiami Trail for over a month now, the removal of the dam began yesterday. Now focus shifts to ensure that phase II - a 5.5 mile stretch of bridge - becomes a reality. The Tamiami Trail bridging project has been an Audubon priority for decades.
The removal of the dam means more freshwater from the Everglades will reach Florida Bay - a delicate estuarine ecosystem that is dependent on the natural flow of Everglades water for balance in salinity and seasonal water level changes. Stay tuned to this website for more information from our Everglades Science Center in Tavernier who will be monitoring this area closely in the coming weeks, months, and years.
Truly this is a monumental day for Everglades advocates - thank you to everyone who worked so hard to for this day to happen.