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WEC304: Effects of Canals and Levees on Everglades Ecosystems: Circular

Figure 4. Canals draw water from the surrounding wetlands. In combination with reduced water deliveries, this results in complete dry-down during the dry season, diminished aquatic habitat during the wet season, soil loss and flattening of the peat surface. Canals also alter surface water chemistry by directly exposing surface water to the bedrock.

Credit: Christopher McVoy, SFWMD