During the last few years there has been an increasing concern about whether the ecological objectives of the Restoration Plan can be achieved to the extent desired without greater attention to the issue of flow. To focus on this issue, the Science Coordination Team sponsored a flow workshop at the Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (GEER) conference, held in Naples, Florida in December 2000. They then prepared a white paper on the role of flow velocity in the Everglades ridge and slough landscape, had it peer-reviewed, and released it in final form in January 2003 (SCT, 2003). Between the peer review and the final release, the CROGEE held a Workshop on Flows and Levels in the Ridge and Slough Region of the Everglades in Miami, FL on October 15, 2002 to gather additional background and information and to discuss the science underpinning the White Paper’s conclusions and recommendations (see Preface and Appendix A). Another flow workshop was held at the April 2003 GEER conference.
This report evaluates the SCT White Paper’s conclusions and recommendations with respect to the environmental significance, creation, maintenance, degradation, research needs, and performance measures for flow in the ridge and slough landscape.