Dissolved organic matter in the Florida everglades: Implications for ecosystem restoration

Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology
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Abstract

Dissolved organic matter (DOM) in the Florida Everglades controls a number of environmental processes important for ecosystem function including the absorption of light, mineral dissolution/precipitation, transport of hydrophobic compounds (e.g., pesticides), and the transport and reactivity of metals, such as mercury. Proposed attempts to return the Everglades to more natural flow conditions will result in changes to the present transport of DOM from the Everglades Agricultural Area and the northern conservation areas to Florida Bay. In part, the restoration plan calls for increasing water flow throughout the Everglades by removing some of the manmade barriers to flow in place today. The land- and water-use practices associated with the plan will likely result in changes in the quality, quantity, and reactivity of DOM throughout the greater Everglades ecosystem. The authors discuss the factors controlling DOM concentrations and chemistry, present distribution of DOM throughout the Everglades, the potential effects of DOM on key water-quality issues, and the potential utility of dissolved organic matter as an indicator of success of restoration efforts. 

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Dissolved organic matter in the Florida everglades: Implications for ecosystem restoration
Series title Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology
DOI 10.1080/10643389.2010.530934
Volume 41
Issue SUPPL. 1
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Contributing office(s) Toxic Substances Hydrology Program
Description 32 p.
First page 217
Last page 248
Country United States
State Florida
Other Geospatial Everglades
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