Everglades Restoration Talk At Polo Park

Polo Park Middle School science and math students recently were visited by Lt. Colonel Thomas Greco of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Greco spoke to students about the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. His talk included information on the history of the Everglades, impacts from agriculture, settlement and modifications of the Everglades flow patterns.

Additionally, students learned about the complex nature of this project and the importance of preserving this valuable ecosystem. Greco explained that Everglades restoration involves returning a more natural water flow to this enormous marsh, reviving habitat for many threatened and endangered species, establishing a reliable supply of water for millions of Floridians and providing flood control to the south Florida area.

Greco’s presentation is part of Polo Park’s efforts to include more STEM activities in the math and science curriculum. Future plans include a field trip to the Kennedy Space Center and Polo Park’s first “Night of Science.”

Science teachers Ryan Smith and Thomas Craig with

ABOVE: Lt. Col. Thomas Greco and science teacher Dale Moore.