Rising out of the swamps

Here’s a quick update on water levels in Big Cypress National Preserve.

The wetting front has broken up through the top of the aquifer, and has begun its annual rise into the wetlands.

Its currently around a half foot deep in our lowest wetland community: the swamp forest, and is starting the wet the feet of our tall cypress.

But it still has a ways to go.

Its current level is around a half foot below the 5-year average for mid June, and about 1.25 ft below the average summer high water mark, which typically occurs around September.

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