Florida's Republican governor surprises critics by saving 20,000 acres of the Everglades from oil drilling
The Florida Everglades are a tropical wetland ecosystem that span two million acres across central and south Florida. They are home to hundreds of bird species, the endangered Florida panther, countless alligators, crocodiles, and the West Indian manatee.
While the wildlife in the Everglades is spectacular, it's ecosystem is crucial for sustaining life in the region. It provides irrigation for most of the state's agriculture and drinking water for one-third of its residents.
The Everglades also works to naturally filter water, replenish aquifers, and reduce flooding throughout the region.