conclusions were also informed by a review of relevant scientific literature and the experience and knowledge of the committee in their fields of expertise. The committee was unable to consider in any detail new materials received after December 1, 2005. For example, although the committee reviewed the CERP Monitoring and Assessment Plan: Part I Monitoring and Supporting Research (RECOVER, 2004), the 2005 Assessment Strategy for the Monitoring and Assessment Plan (RECOVER, 2005a), The RECOVER Team’s Recommendations for Interim Goals and Interim Targets for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (RECOVER, 2005b), and the September 2005 Draft CERP Adaptive Management Strategy (RECOVER, 2005c; superseded by RECOVER, 2006a), the committee did not evaluate in detail the revised draft of the CERP System-wide Performance Measures report (RECOVER, 2006b). However, this is the committee’s first report, and the CERP System-wide Performance Measures report can be addressed in greater detail, among other topics, in future reports of this committee.
Chapter 2 provides an overview of the CERP in the context of other ongoing restoration activities and discusses the restoration goals that guide the overall effort. Chapter 2 also discusses restoration challenges and the implications for successes in the CERP by analyzing changes to the natural system and the human environment that have occurred since the early 1990s. Chapter 3 discusses program implementation for the CERP, including project management, the Master Implementation Sequencing Plan (USACE and SFWMD, 2005d), and project finances (addressing Tasks 2 and 3). Chapter 3 also highlights the challenges faced in maintaining partnerships during the implementation of the CERP. Chapter 4 discusses the use of science in restoration decision making, including the monitoring and assessment program in support of adaptive management (Tasks 2 and 4). Chapter 5 reviews progress in restoring the natural system, including progress in implementing key CERP and non-CERP activities and issues encountered during project implementation (Tasks 1, 2, and 3). Chapter 6 outlines a proposed approach to accelerate natural system restoration that facilitates decision making in spite of uncertainty and other constraints (Task 3).