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Drained

Episodes to release on December 8, 2020. In the final days of his administration, with the eyes of the world on Florida where the epic 2000 election recount was underway, President Bill Clinton quietly signed into law a plan to restore the Everglades. Twenty years and $17 billion later, the grandiose vision of reversing decades of environmental damage remains stuck in the swamp. In DRAINED, a podcast from WMFE and the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, Amy Green wades into the controversy around one of the most ambitious environmental restoration efforts ever undertaken. From rivers of toxic slime to a mind-boggling plan to inject a giant bubble of freshwater a thousand feet underground, DRAINED examines the massive plan to restore the river of grass and poses the big question about the future of this natural wonder: Can it be saved?

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WMFE’s four part podcast DRAINED, examining the huge, costly plan to save the Everglades, was named a finalist for the Esserman-Knight Journalism Award, which honors public service reporting.

Projects are recognized for exposing wrongdoing, shining a light on a pervasive or underreported community problem, or adding significantly to public debate. Encompassing investigative, beat, explanatory, and opinion reporting, work is by the rigor of news gathering, inclusion of community voices and contribution to public understanding or policy action. https://knightfoundation.org/esserman-knight-prize/

In DRAINED, a podcast from WMFE and the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, environmental reporter Amy Green wades into the controversy around one of the most ambitious environmental restoration efforts ever undertaken. From rivers of toxic slime to a mind-boggling plan to inject a giant bubble of freshwater a thousand feet underground, DRAINED explores the plan to restore the river of grass and poses the big question about whether this vast natural wonder can be saved.

Being recognized as a finalist acknowledges a depth of reporting on an issue that’s key to the very existence of the state of Florida: how we manage water resources. Amy’s exhaustive knowledge of a massively complex and critically important subject shines through in a podcast that’s both meticulously researched and compellingly told.



The reservoir is projected to be complete in 2028. Photo courtesy the South Florida Water Management District
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Episode 3: Define Clean


One component of Everglades restoration is aimed at getting the water clean. But what constitutes clean water in the Everglades? And how to make that happen? There’s been a lot of debate about that.
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The sun sets behind the lock and dam on Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie River. Photo by Amy Green
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Episode 2: Toxic Water


When it comes to Everglades restoration, it is difficult to overstate how complicated everything is – and massive. The effort is aimed at recapturing billions of gallons of freshwater that is pumped out to sea, but where to put it all? One suggestion, underground.
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Photo courtesy Everglades National Park
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Episode 1: A River Runs Dry


In Everglades National Park, parts of the river of grass are collapsing – literally. A lot of the problems have to do with massive efforts to drain and replumb Florida’s most important water resource, an ecosystem unlike any other on Earth.
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Drained – About This Series


In DRAINED, a podcast from WMFE and the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, Amy Green wades into the controversy around one of the most ambitious environmental restoration efforts ever undertaken.
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