program funding. As a result, the project implementation schedule has been extended and revised several times since the CERP was launched. (See NRC [2008] for additional discussion of major causes of CERP delays.) The committee’s attempt to track early CERP project implementation is shown in Table 3-1, which represents a merger of the CERP projects within the most recent schedule, termed the Integrated Delivery Schedule (discussed in more detail later in this chapter), and the earliest projects (scheduled for completion by 2010) from the previous Master Implementation Sequencing Plan (MISP) (USACE and SFWMD, 2005a). The projects listed in Table 3-1 are also shown on a map of the South Florida ecosystem in Figure 3-1.

The task of tracking project progress and assessing delays over time is complex because some projects have been reorganized, transferred out of the CERP, or split into phases to achieve incremental restoration where feasible. However, the project status information (available at http://www.evergladesplan.org) has been significantly improved since the committee’s last report. Project planning progress can now be tracked in a single color-coded spreadsheet,1 and quarterly progress reports for multiple projects in a region can be viewed at one time.2

As of June 2010, four CERP restoration projects are actively under construction, and four pilot projects are in an installation and testing phase. Many more projects are in planning and design phases (see Table 3-1). Estimated project completion dates continue to be delayed, and not a single CERP project has been completed as of the production of this report.3 Nevertheless, considering the state of Florida’s extreme budget challenges over the past two years, the project implementation schedule has remained more stable than might have been expected due to increased funding from the federal government for the Everglades restoration efforts, including assistance from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the economic stimulus. Funding is discussed in more detail later in this chapter. In the following sections the committee highlights CERP progress with a focus on progress in achieving natural system restoration benefits through incremental CERP project implementation and learning achieved through CERP pilot projects.

CERP Projects

In the past two years, the Everglades restoration has seen a resurgence of construction activity, thanks in part to a boost in federal funding and the

1

See http://www.evergladesplan.org/pm/projects/project_docs/status/csf_milestones_current.pdf.

2

See http://www.evergladesplan.org/pm/projects/project_docs/status/central_current.pdf or http://www.evergladesplan.org/pm/projects/project_docs/status/south_current.pdf.

3

One original CERP project, Acme Basin B, has been completed, but the project was expedited by the state of Florida and withdrawn from the CERP program.



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