Progress Toward Restoring the Everglades:

Progress Toward Restoring the Everglades:

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This book is the second biennial evaluation of progress being made in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), a multibillion-dollar effort to restore historical water flows to the Everglades and return the ecosystem closer to its natural state. Launched in 2000 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District, CERP is a multiorganization planning process that includes approximately 50 major projects to be completed over the next several decades. Progress Toward Restoring the Everglades: The Second Biennial Review 2008 concludes that budgeting, planning, and procedural matters are hindering a federal and state effort to restore the Florida Everglades ecosystem, which is making only scant progress toward achieving its goals. Good science has been developed to support restoration efforts, but future progress is likely to be limited by the availability of funding and current authorization mechanisms. Despite the accomplishments that lay the foundation for CERP construction, no CERP projects have been completed to date. To begin reversing decades of decline, managers should address complex planning issues and move forward with projects that have the most potential to restore the natural ecosystem.Recovery requires high light penetration, which in turn results from low lake stages or lack of suspended solids or low concentrations of phytoplankton. ... through uptake and stabilization or remobilization of P-rich bottom sediments ( Havens and Gawlick, 2005; Johnson et al., 2007). ... of Lake Okeechobee in accord with Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) planning, maintenance of lakeanbsp;...

Title:Progress Toward Restoring the Everglades:
Author:Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress, Water Science and Technology Board, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council
Publisher:National Academies Press - 2008-12-29


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