I’m not hyping it here, folks.  There’s no water out there.  If you didn’t know, the everglades is not every deep, in most places about 4 feet deep.  Right now, we’re in what’s known as “an exceptional drought” in Broward and parts of Miami-Dade. 

It’s really pretty shocking when  you head out there and see it’s empty…just a lot of brown sawgrass.  You can really see it well when you drive out I-75 just before Alligator Alley, just north of Weston.  What stunned me is that, on the highway, you’re able to see over the levee and there’s no water!  Also, when you drive along The Alley and you pull over at any of those boat docks, you can literally walk into the glades and not get wet.

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Now let’s point out, it’s normal to have low water levels, we’ve had droughts in the past.  This is just the lowest people can remember it.   The upside to all the crispiness out there is when there is a fire, usually sparked by lightning, it clears out the old growth to make way for new, healthy plants.

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You have to check out the “water level map” we have on CBSMIAMI.COM.  You’ll see that most of the everglades has a negative water level.   That’s not a misprint.  It really is negative because of how it’s measured.  The measurement is taken from below the surface, I believe because of the muck. 

The map is already posted on line, my video story will be up about 6:30 edt.

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Here’s the link: http://miami.cbslocal.com/2011/06/13/drought-causing-bone-dry-conditions-in-the-everglades/