In November 2021, the largest environmental restoration project in U.S. history was completed in southern Florida. The project created a 6,300-acre man-made wetland that will naturally filter billions of gallons of fresh water. Historically, the area has been affected by pesticide and fertilizer runoff running into the St. Lucie River estuary, threatening habitat and creating toxic algae blooms. With the new system, about 717 million gallons of water will be filtered per day. In the restored wetlands, habitat for wildlife has increased, endangered species have begun to return to the area, and the water quality is on track to improve.
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