Commissioner Levine Cava takes four-day canoe journey through the Everglades
(MIAMI-DADE, FL) – Armed with a pair of GoPro cameras and a stack of “postcards” with educational messages about the importance of the Everglades ecosystem, newly elected County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava recently set out on a four-day canoe expedition through the famed “River of Grass.”
“I wanted to start my tenure serving the people of Miami-Dade by spending some time in the Everglades reflecting on its importance to all of us,” explained Commissioner Levine Cava. “This amazing ecosystem we share serves us too – it is the source of our drinking water, it feeds our crops, and it is our greatest defense against a rising sea.”
Commissioner Levine Cava and her family teamed up with Everglades National Park Acting Superintendent Bob Krumenaker and Miami-Dade County EcoAdventures Lead Naturalist Ernie Lynk for this journey.
“As an Eco Ambassador whose job it is to provide conservation education to our citizens, it was an honor and a pleasure to be Commissioner Levine Cava’s field guide to the natural wonder of South Florida and our Everglades,” Lynk said. “It was inspiring to see her enthusiasm and concern for our fresh water supply.”
The backcountry canoe adventure required that the team overnight on floating rafts made from their boats latched together for stability and to keep the group tethered together during the starry nights in the vast wetland wilderness.
“It is Miami-Dade County’s mission to protect our fresh water supply from salt water intrusion,” said Commissioner Levine Cava. “Perhaps the best example of such a first line of defense protecting the coastline is found in the Deering Estate’s flow-way/Cutler Slough Rehydration Project, located in the district that I serve. This project functions as a part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan that restores seasonal water flow into a freshwater wetland habitat. I look forward to initiating additional measures to positively impact our fresh water system.”
National Park Superintendent Bob Krumenaker assumed this post in early August, so this excursion was an opportunity to focus attention on the value of the Everglades as an ecosystem and one of the most visited international tourist destinations in the National Park system.
"Four days traversing from the fresh water River of Grass to the salt water of the Wilderness Waterway - I can't imagine a better, or more intensive, way to get to know and understand this place, whose health is so vital to all of south Florida,” Krumenaker said. “This challenging trip inspired all of us to work closely together across governmental lines on Everglades restoration."
Everglades “Postcards” will be posted to Commissioner Levine Cava’s Facebook page and available from www.miamidade.gov/district08.