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Transcript of CEPP
An outsider's inside perspective
1.7 billion gallons per day fresh water wasted in an average year
Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP)
Authorized under WRDA 2000
State/Fed cost share
50+ stand-alone projects
that can't stand on their own
National Academy of Sciences, 2008 & 2010
2010: A decade later...
Projects so far are along periphery
Delay in progress: further degradation & jeopardizes restoration success
Need strong near term benefits
End water quantity and quality separation
Critical to maintain political and public support
Oct 2011: Time was ripe for something new
Knowledge base & understanding of system
Frustration all around (w/ Corps)
District used similar planning process
A paradigm shift in ecosystem restoration planning
How is the process unique?
What is the plan?
Very capable, cooperative, dedicated planners
Issues addressed as plan moves forward
Public pressure helps move process along
Substantial area-wide benefits
Bundle of sub-components of many CERP projects
First major step towards restoring the heart of the Everglades
contact me with questions
For continued success...
Completion of review process (deadlines!)
No delay in congressional authorization
Built-in flexibility and adaptive management
Capable leaders and local sponsorship
Recognition that CEPP is not an end goal
From >6 years to <2 years
Eliminate unnecessary details
Scoping tools for early decision making
The Plan Assumes:
All current CERP projects complete
All CERP projects awaiting authorization complete
Modwaters, Tamiami Trail, and Restoration Strategies complete
Additional 17 mgd water supply to Lower East Coast communities
210 kac-ft clean "new" water available
>1.5 million acres
Re-establishes 500,000 acres of flowing system in WCA 3A
Decomparmentalization: 18 miles of levee removal
Majority of habitat benefits realized within 5 years of implementation
Good for the food web, many endangered species
Where we are now...
Draft Project Implementation Report is out for public review
Water quality language and other issues caused major delays (4 months)
WRDA: passed the Senate, movement in the House (now WRRDA-Water Resources Reform and Development Act)
Can there be a Chief's Report before December? Is that enough?