If the sweeping vision of environmental restoration of the Everglades is to be realized, demonstrable progress must come soon. Heretofore, management of the Everglades has resulted in its diminution, and the CERP has not, to date, been effective in halting the decline of the South Florida ecosystem. If the CERP continues on its present course at its current pace, the ecosystem will continue to lose its resiliency, which could lead to rapid and deleterious changes that might be very difficult or impossible to reverse, and more importantly, the restoration effort will lose the support of the public at large. Clear funding priorities, modifications to the project planning, authorization, and funding process to support system-wide restoration goals, and strong leadership are needed to move the restoration forward and begin to reverse the decades of decline. To do nothing is to do harm. To find ways to press forward with the CERP is a statement by this generation to future generations that we accept responsibility for the restoration of the Everglades as one of the nation’s priceless ecological treasures.

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