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How can I monitor water levels at gages in south Florida and/or Everglades tree islands?

Using the EDEN website, you can monitor water levels at 100 marsh water-level gages and 394 tree islands in different locations in south Florida. The EDEN website also produces automated, daily-updated monthly percentiles plots of water level so that users can see how current levels compare to rates during the 2002-2012 period:

In addition to viewing the website, an email notification system informs stakeholders when current water levels reach specified elevations at one or more gages or tree islands. Specifically, an alert is triggered when the water-level elevation equals or exceeds the 90th percentile water level for the period 2002-2012. To sign up for this email alert system, please contact us. Since the mid-1900’s, various projects have been established to help control the flow of water in south Florida.

On October 19, 2012, a new water control plan called Everglades Restoration Transition Plan (ERTP), was established to provide better water management and also improve habitats for wildlife. In order to monitor water levels during the ERTP period, data available on the Everglades Depth Estimation Network (EDEN) website is used to compare current water levels during the ERTP period with the water levels that occurred in 2002-2012. Monitoring water levels is of particular importance to local Native American tribes, which have used tree islands in the Everglades for burial sites of human remains and funerary objects.

Learn More:

Everglades Restoration official website


Tags: Water, Measurement, Rivers, Streams, Hydrology, Wildlife