FIGURE 1-1. Much bigger than just Everglades National Park, the Greater Everglades Ecosystem (or south Florida ecosystem) extends south from the Kissimmee River watershed to Lake Okeechobee, through the remaining Everglades, and on to the waters of Florida Bay and the coral reefs. SOURCE: Information on locations of existing and proposed storage components from USACE and SFWMD.

Since the publication of the Restoration Plan in 1999, the USACE, after public comment, established programmatic regulations to set the procedural framework for implementing the plan. The key provisions include

  • a process for establishing interim goals to provide hydrologic, water-quality, and ecological targets against which to measure restoration progress;

  • the establishment of an interagency group called “RECOVER” (Restoration, Coordination and Verification) that assesses the individual projects to ensure that the system-wide goals and purposes of the Restoration Plan are achieved;

  • the establishment of an adaptive management program to assess whether the responses of the natural system to restoration plan activities match expectations, and to recommend modifications to the plan based on new information; and

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