concurrent ASR Regional Study to address ASR Issues beyond the limited geographic scope of the pilot projects.
The attached draft PMP for the CERP ASR Regional Study has been prepared in response to the need for additional scientific studies to address potential regional impacts related to the unprecedented large scale of the proposed CERP ASR System (333 wells). This draft PMP represents the collective efforts of a large interagency project delivery team (PDT) with representatives from the following local, state and federal government agencies that actively participated in its development:
Broward County Water Resources Management
Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department
Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department
South Florida Water Management District
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Florida Geological Survey
Florida Department of Agricultural and Community Services
U.S. Department of Interior, Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Task Force
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
PDT members began PMP development by preparing the following mission statement:
“The ASR Regional Study will investigate regional technical and regulatory issues governing the feasibility of full-scale ASR implementation, as identified in the CERP, and develop tools to assess the feasibility and increase the level of certainty of successful ASR implementation.”
Primary goals of the ASR Regional Study are to:
Address outstanding issues of a regional nature that cannot be adequately addressed by the authorized ASR Pilot Projects
Reduce uncertainties related to full-scale CERP ASR implementation by conducting scientific studies based on existing and newly acquired data and evaluate potential effects on water levels and water quality within the aquifer systems, and on existing users, surface-water bodies, and the flora and fauna that inhabit them.
Develop a regional groundwater model of the Floridan Aquifer System (FAS) and conduct predictive simulations to evaluate the technical feasibility of the proposed 333-well CERP ASR system, or if determined to be infeasible, identify an appropriate magnitude of ASR capacity with minimal impact to the environment and existing users of the FAS.
The PDT’s plan to achieve these goals, as described in this PMP, is to identify and conduct a series of tasks that will develop scientific data to address each of the issues of concern. Many of these tasks are inter-related, and assist in addressing multiple issues. Table 2 presents a summary of major tasks to be conducted in the ASR Regional Study, and cross-references these tasks with the issues raised by the ASR Issue Team.