is expected to improve, (2) reflect the overall health of all or a portion of the regional system, and (3) be an element of the regional system that is both highly important and relevant to the public and to decision-makers.”

Annual report cards for each measure are planned. Statements at the monitoring and assessment workshop indicated that each report card will provide several types of information. That information is likely to include the final and interim targets for the performance measure, the rationale for selecting the measure, the historical and current condition of the measure, and a grade for the measure. While there may be value in adding additional report card measures to this set that reflect public interest, the importance of maintaining long-term data sets cannot be stressed enough.

TABLE 3-1 Report Card Performance Measures

Performance Measure

Measurement

Grade

Potential non-Restoration Plan related impacts

Lake Okeechobee Phosphorus Levels

Phosphorus concentrations in open water

Red

Release from sediment storage, shoreline development, precipitation patterns, altered lawn chemical application

St. Lucie Oyster Beds

areal extent and health of beds

Red

Disease, predators, harvesting, pollutants, sea-level rise

St. Lucie Phosphorus Levels

Phosphorus loading to the estuary

Red

Release from sediment storage, shoreline development, precipitation patterns, altered lawn chemical application

Lake Okeechobee and East Coast Water Restrictions

years with water-use restrictions

Yellow

Precipitation patterns, development, altered industry types, population increase

Florida Bay Roseate Spoonbills

number of nesting pairs

Yellow

Habitat conditions elsewhere, temperature extremes, precipitation patterns, contaminants (e.g., Hg), fire, hurricanes

Gulf Coast Roseate Spoonbills

number of nesting pairs

Red

Habitat conditions elsewhere, temperature extremes, precipitation patterns, contaminants (e.g., Hg), fire, hurricanes

Tree Islands

number, extent and health

Red

Precipitation patterns, fire, invasive species

Total System Wood Storks

number of nesting pairs

Red

Habitat conditions elsewhere, temperature extremes, precipitation patterns, contaminants (e.g., Hg), fire, hurricanes

Florida Bay Seagrass Beds

Community composition and health

Yellow

Hurricanes, altered herbivory (e.g., increases in manatee or sea turtle populations), development, disease, altered boating patterns, invasive species

Water Lost to Tide

acre feet not captured by the CERP

Red

Precipitation patterns, hurricanes

Tortugas Pink Shrimp

Pounds per vessel per day

Yellow

Precipitation patterns, hurricanes

Note: The grade “red” indicates a seriously degraded condition, “yellow” indicates some degradation or cause for concern, and “green” represents an ecosystem component that is in the target condition or a condition otherwise judged desirable.

Source: Ogden and McLean, 1999.



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