The River of Grass


The Everglades is one of the seven natural wonders of North America as the largest subtropical wetland in the U.S. The Everglades supplies drinking water to millions of people living in South Florida.

Learn more about Everglades restoration from the South Florida Water Management District.

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The Everglades are in trouble. Every day this one-of-a-kind natural area is threatened by pollution and development. You can help restore the Everglades!

The flow of water through the Everglades has changed since development began in the early 1900’s. Restoration efforts aim to restore the flow to the southern Everglades.

Inspirational Leaders: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Arthur R. Marshall Jr.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas was known as the “mother of the Everglades.” Learn more about her legacy.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas had a brilliant teacher, Arthur R. Marshall Jr., the “Father of the Florida environmental movement.” Marshall was one of the first scientists to recognize the slow death of the Everglades and called for immediate action. The plan he developed is still a core component of Everglades restoration today.

Douglas said this of Marshall, “Although my phrase ‘River of Grass’ first awakened people to the notion of the Everglades as a river, it was Art Marshall who filled in all the blanks…. More than any other person, he stretched our idea of the Everglades and how we are connected.”

“Art and Marjory Stoneman Douglas were the people who were way ahead of most of us in appreciating the values of the Everglades,” then-Gov. Bob Graham said in 1984. “Marshall and Douglas saw the Everglades as the heart of South Florida. They realized we were pinching off the arteries and valves that made the heart function.”
 - excerpt from “Our Century” Palm Beach Post 2000
River of Grass