Impressive science synthesis efforts over the past few years have advanced scientific understanding and provided a solid scientific foundation for decision making. Investments in continued cutting-edge research, consolidated and timely synthesis, and effective monitoring are critical to supporting sound decisions for a restored Everglades. However, key challenges remain—in particular, conflicts at the interface of water quality and quantity that have been exacerbated by the continuing challenges in meeting the 10 ppb water quality criterion and the resulting delays in implementing hydrologic restoration. Additional use of integrated ecosystem modeling and decision support tools could facilitate restoration progress by clarifying these conflicts, identifying interim strategies for limiting further degradation of critical ecosystem components, and enhancing the capacity to address these conflicts in a more timely and integrated way.



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