Controlling water flow can be risky business
Water is a powerful key to life whether it is in the Florida Everglades or in other regions. This slide show illustrates the challenges and risks mankind faces in controlling the destiny of the Everglades: Polluted water surrounds Structure S-334, a floodgate on the northern side of Tamiami Trail, which sits along the edge of Everglades National Park. Rusty, submerged culverts sit on either side of the road before the main entrance to Shark Valley. Remnants of a poached crocodile deteriorate at the S-334 levee. Some 1.3 miles west along Tamiami Trail, from its intersection with Krome Avenue, floodgate S-333 adjusts water flow. At the same floodgate, manmade water flow creates mini whirlpools. Research ecologist Adam Spitzig, an analyst at Florida International University, drives an airboat near the S-334 floodgate. A soaring stampede of cattle egrets is in search of insects in the marshlands. A colorful sunset illuminates a peaceful setting at a floodgate, which is surrounded by chain link fences. Cattle egrets often fly in groups and create nests in nearby bushes and trees.