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Swamp plan watered down

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Six prominent scientists have extensively criticized the $8 billion plan to restore the Everglades over the next several decades. "There is very little restoration, and most of it doesn't come for the next 25 years," Stuart Pimm, an ecologist at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, told the New York Times.

Pimm and the other ecologists sent a letter to Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt asserting that the project does little to re-establish the natural flow of shallow water or to get rid of the levees, canals and pumps that currently are needed to connect the remaining marsh fragments. They want Babbitt to submit the plan to review by scientists who haven't been involved in creating it.


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