WCA3A Update
Deepest pool is shallower than normal

Hydrograph of WCA3A in the Everglades
Hydrograph showing current water depth (blue) relative to the elevation of major habitats of the ridge and slough ecosystem, the statistical record from 1993 to present and the new regulation schedule (COP)
Calendar chart of water depth in WCA3A of the Everglades
Calendar chart of water depths in WCA3A using the same color scheme as the hydrograph above

At first glance, the water table looks simple.

You can touch it with your finger and sure enough it’s wet.

The difficulty lies in understanding where it’s at relative to the suite of hydro-ecological and statistical metrics we measure it by. Case in point is Water Conservation Area 3A in the Everglades. Statistically, it’s a foot below where it normally is for late August and three feet below its high-water crest following Eta. Ecologically, water depth in the sloughs are about 1.75 feet deep but the tree islands are still dry.

That’s relatively rare for WCA3A this late in the summer.

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