• Reduce the frequency of harmful low stages below 11 feet

  • Increase the frequency of natural spring recession events, i.e., stage decline from approximately 15.5 feet in January to approximately 12.5 feet in June

2.3 Lake Okeechobee Algal Blooms

  • Reduce the frequency of harmful algal blooms in Lake Okeechobee

2.4 Lake Okeechobee Aquatic Vegetation

  • Increase the areal coverage of desirable native vegetation in Lake Okeechobee

3. Everglades Region


3.1 Water Volume

  • Distribute water across the ecosystem in a manner that reflects natural conditions while providing for other water-related needs of the region

3.2 Sheet Flow

  • Establish more historic magnitudes and directions of sheet flow in the natural areas of the Everglades

3.3 Hydropattern

  • Restore the natural timing and pattern of inundation throughout the ecological communities of South Florida, including sawgrass plains, ridge and slough and marl marshes

3.4 System-Wide Spatial Extent of Natural Habitat

  • Increase spatial extent of natural habitat

3.5 Everglades Total Phosphorus

  • Achieve water column phosphorus concentrations of 10 micrograms per liter in the Everglades

3.6 Periphvton Mat Cover, Structure and Composition

  • Restore periphyton mat cover, structure and composition that were characteristic of the spatially distinct hydroperiods (short and long hydroperiods) and low nutrient conditions in the greater Everglades wetland communities

3.7 Ridge and Slough Pattern

  • Restore the historical ridge and slough landscape directionality and pattern



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