Appendix A
AGENDA

Committee on Restoration of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem

Meeting #10

and

Workshop on Flows and Levels in the Ridge and Slough Region of the Everglades

October 14-16, 2002

Miccosukee Resort and Convention Center

Ballroom B

Miami, Florida

Agenda

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks Chairman Billy Cypress, Miccosukee Tribe

8:45 – 9:00

Introductions and review of motivation and objectives of workshop Jean Bahr, CROGEE Chair

9:00 – 10:15

Science supporting estimates of historical water levels (distribution, timing, etc.) in the Ridge and Slough Robert Fennema (Dhasaan, Inc.)

A major goal of the CERP has been matching historical water levels. But how well do we know these? We will review how the SFWMM (and thence the NSM) was and is calibrated for the CERP; what have we learned in the ~3 years since then? We will also examine other kinds of evidence.

Questions and discussion

Discussants: Chris McVoy (SFWMD), Tom MacVicar (MacVicar, Federico, and Lamb), Bill Loftus (USGS), Fred Sklar (SFWMD)

10:00 – 10:15

Discussion of monitoring and research needs to reduce uncertainty and test hypotheses.



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Appendix A AGENDA Committee on Restoration of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem Meeting #10 and Workshop on Flows and Levels in the Ridge and Slough Region of the Everglades October 14-16, 2002 Miccosukee Resort and Convention Center Ballroom B Miami, Florida Agenda 8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Welcoming Remarks Chairman Billy Cypress, Miccosukee Tribe 8:45 – 9:00 Introductions and review of motivation and objectives of workshop Jean Bahr, CROGEE Chair 9:00 – 10:15 Science supporting estimates of historical water levels (distribution, timing, etc.) in the Ridge and Slough Robert Fennema (Dhasaan, Inc.) A major goal of the CERP has been matching historical water levels. But how well do we know these? We will review how the SFWMM (and thence the NSM) was and is calibrated for the CERP; what have we learned in the ~3 years since then? We will also examine other kinds of evidence. Questions and discussion Discussants: Chris McVoy (SFWMD), Tom MacVicar (MacVicar, Federico, and Lamb), Bill Loftus (USGS), Fred Sklar (SFWMD) 10:00 – 10:15 Discussion of monitoring and research needs to reduce uncertainty and test hypotheses.

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10:15 – 10:30 Break 10:30 – 12:00 Science supporting estimates of historical flows in the Ridge and Slough, and the state of knowledge of the relationship between levels and flows in the Ridge and Slough. Flow may be important to the ecology and geomorphology of the Ridge and Slough landscape. What are the best estimates of flow in the Ridge and Slough and adjoining areas, and how well do we know these? What have we learned in the last ~3 years since the CERP was created? 10:30 – 10:45 Chris McVoy (SFWMD)—Historical Spatial Distribution and Orientation of Flow 10:45 – 10:55 Harry Jenter (USGS)—USGS flow measurements in the Everglades wetlands 10:55 – 11:45 Questions and discussion Discussants: Randy van Zee (SFWMD), Robert Fennema (Dhasaan, Inc.), Elizabeth Crisfield (NPS) 11:45 – 12:00 Discussion of monitoring and research needs to reduce uncertainty and test hypotheses. 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch 1:00 – 2:45 Science supporting hypotheses related to the roles of levels and flows in creating and maintaining the Ridge and Slough ecosystem What are the alternative hypotheses that would support a link between flow and the creation and maintenance of the Ridge and Slough landscape in general and tree islands in particular? What might be the relative roles of (a) flow velocity and distribution, (b) sediment transport, (c) nutrient transport, and (d) aquatic species transport? 1:00 – 1:25 Nick Aumen (NPS) Dan Childers (FIU) 1:25 – 2:30 Questions and discussion Discussants: Ronnie Best (USGS), Tom Van Lent (NPS), Tom Armentano (NPS), Steve Davis (SFWMD) 2:30 – 2:45 Discussion of monitoring and research needs to reduce uncertainty and test hypotheses. 2:45 – 3:00 Break

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3:00 – 4:30 Discussion of implications for CERP performance measures and project design in light of current scientific understanding There are various CERP and non-CERP projects that impact, and may be impacted by, the processes discussed at the workshop. How should what we know, and what we still do not know, about flows and levels in the Ridge and Slough feed into our choice of performance measures in the area? What are the implications for CERP and related projects? Panel discussion Moderator: Jean Bahr, CROGEE Chair Fred Sklar (SFWMD) John Ogden (SFWMD) Stu Appelbaum (USACE) Bob Johnson (NPS) Kim Taplin (USACE) Dewey Worth (SFWMD) Terry Rice (Miccosukee Tribe) Ronnie Best (USGS) 4:30 – 5:00 Other discussion, wrap-up Attendees: Stu Appelbaum, USACE Tom Armentano, National Park Service Nick Aumen, National Park Service Jim Baker, USACE Ronnie Best, USGS Kevin Burger, SFERTF Dan Childers, FIU Elizabeth Crisfield, National Park Service Janet Cushing, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chairman Billy Cypress, Miccosukee Tribe George Dalrymple, Everglades Research Group, Inc. Steve Davis, SFWMD Robert Fenema, Dhasaan, Inc. Polita Glynn, Christina Gwaltney, Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center Harry Jenter, USGS Bob Johnson, National Park Service Bill Loftus, USGS Joette Lorian, Miccosukee Tribe Tom MacVicar, MacVicar, Federico, and Lamb Chris McVoy, SFWMD Martha Nungesser, Sr. Environmental Scientist, SFWMD Jayantha Obeysekera, SFWMD John Ogden, SFWMD Peter Ortner, NOAA Richard Punnett, USACE Col. Terry, Rice, Miccosukee Tribe Winnie Said, SFWMD Rock Salt, SFERTF Jennifer Sergent, Naples Daily News Fred Sklar, SFWMD Kim Taplin, USACE Joel Trexler, FIU Tom Van Lent, National Park Service Randy van Zee, SFWMD Dewey Worth, SFWMD