Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach County

experimental ponds
Meet LILA, our next stop as we make our way along the Marsh Trail. LILA actually is more than a pond; it is a series of four 20-acre impoundments along the western edge of the trail created to test how water flow affects plant and animal communities in the Everglades. LILA stands for Loxahatchee Impoundment Landscape Assessment. LILA sounds better. Anyway, the impoundments are set up with habitats typically found in the Everglades — tree islands, sloughs and ridges. The experiments done here are important as federal and state agencies continue work on the decades long project to restore the Everglades. Water flow is critical. Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University, the South Florida Water Management District and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manage the impoundments. The Marsh Trail is on the left edge of the photo, looking south from the northern most impoundment, the canal levee is to the right.

NEXT STOP: The Boat Launch and the Great Beyond


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