Water table drops unevenly

Here’s a comparison of drought levels in the Big Cypress …

Relative to the rest of the Everglades.

This chart above shows the level of the water table in the Big Cypress compared to adjacent areas in the Everglades.  The red arrows indicates the current location, the gray arrows a month ago, the yellow arrows a year ago today and the dotted blue lines the long-term average for late April.

The short of it is this:

The swamp has dropped down into “dry as popcorn” mode while most of the rest of the Everglades is still benefiting from a water table that lies at or above the level of its sloughs.  The repressed water table of the swamp is compounded by the fact that the swamp has a much smaller proportion of low-lying slough than the Everglades.

Or in other words, increasingly water in canals is the only place that water can be found. 

The rally cry for hydrologic restoration in the swamp centers on figuring out ways to hold onto the summer bounty of rain, and in doing so keeping the water table in closer communication with our low-lying strands and domes in spring.

The swamp is not just a fire-adapted, but also a flood-adapted ecosystem that depends on a balance of both. 

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