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COMPREHENSIVE EVERGLADES RESTORATION PLAN. Acme Basin B Discharge. Public Workshop. May 22, 2002. COMPREHENSIVE EVERGLADES RESTORATION PLAN. Workshop Goals. To inform the public about the Acme Basin B Discharge project. To familiarize the public with the implementation process.

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COMPREHENSIVE EVERGLADES

RESTORATION PLAN

Acme Basin B Discharge

Public Workshop

May 22, 2002


Workshop goals

COMPREHENSIVE EVERGLADES

RESTORATION PLAN

Workshop Goals

  • To inform the public about the Acme Basin B Discharge project.

  • To familiarize the public with the implementation process.

  • To solicit initial public comment at an early stage in the study in order to address as many of those comments as possible during the study’s public involvement process.

  • To consider all comments.


Topics
Topics

  • Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP)

  • CERP Process

  • Project Information

  • What’s Next

  • How to be Involved


The C&SF Project

  • Project Purposes:Flood control, water conservation, regional water supply, prevention of salt water intrusion, fish and wildlife conservation, water supply to Everglades National Park

  • Project includes:10 locks, 1,000 miles of canals, 720 miles of levees, over 150 water control structures, and 16 pump stations


South Florida Ecosystem

  • Area - 18,000 square miles

  • Population 1950s ~ 0.5 million

  • Population today ~ 6 million


Too much/too little water for the Everglades/south Florida ecosystem

Massive reductions in wading bird populations

Degradation of water quality

Repetitive water shortages and salt water intrusion

Declining estuary health

1.7 billion gallons of water a day wasted to tide

A Region in Trouble….


On December 11, 2000, President Clinton signed the Water Resources Development of 2000, approving:

Rescuing an Endangered Ecosystem: The Plan to Restore America’s Everglades

Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan

A series of environmental and other improvements over 30 years with an estimated cost of $7.8 billion

The Central and Southern Florida Project Comprehensive Review Study (The Restudy)


Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Resources Development of 2000, approving: Plan (CERP)

  • Water storage areas/facilities

    • 15 surface storage reservoirs

    • 3 in-ground reservoirs

    • 330 aquifer storage and recovery wells

  • 19 stormwater treatment areas

  • 2 wastewater reuse plants

  • Removal of over 240 miles of canals, levees and structures

  • Operational changes


Quantity Resources Development of 2000, approving:

Quality

Timing

Distribution

Getting the Water Right


Goals objectives for the restudy
Goals & Objectives for the Restudy Resources Development of 2000, approving:

GOAL:Enhance Ecologic Values

  • Objectives:

  • Increase the total spatial extent of natural areas

  • Improve habitat and functional quality

  • Improve native plant and animal species abundance and diversity

    GOAL:Enhance Economic Values & Social WellBeing

    Objectives:

  • Increase availability of fresh water (agricultural/municipal & industrial)

  • Maintain existing flood protection (agricultural/urban)

  • Provide recreational & navigation opportunities

  • Protect cultural & archeological resources and values


Project goals and objectives
Project Goals and Objectives Resources Development of 2000, approving:

  • Same as the Restudy…

  • Project Example

    • System-wide Objective: Improve Habitat and Functional Quality

      • Elsewhere in the system… downstream

    • Local Objective: Improve Habitat and Functional Quality

      • Within footprint of project boundary


Plan formulation and evaluation
Plan Formulation and Resources Development of 2000, approving: Evaluation

  • Define Measures (Components)

  • Develop Planning Cost

  • Estimates (Real Estate,

  • Construction, O&M)

  • Evaluate Measures (compare

  • with and without plan

  • conditions)

  • Conduct Incremental Cost

  • Analysis

  • Compare Alternative Plans

  • Conduct Environmental Assessments

RECOVER

  • Conduct System-Wide

  • Evaluation of Plans


Project formulation
Project Formulation Resources Development of 2000, approving:

CERP - individual projects were selected based on their synergistic effect to the overall plan

Projects - formulated to achieve local and system- wide goals and objectives as defined by CERP

  • Must consider different measures, components,

    features, and project scales within the project area

  • Structural and non-structural approaches


Project evaluation assessment
Project Evaluation/Assessment Resources Development of 2000, approving:

  • 3-step process

  • Select Plan based on the project that reasonably maximizes the project’s contribution toward the system-wide benefits of CERP compared to cost


Step 1 optimize system wide benefits
Step 1 Resources Development of 2000, approving: Optimize System-wide Benefits

  • Ensures the system-wide goals and objectives defined by the Comprehensive Plan are achieved

  • Define the project features that optimize system performance and system-wide benefits

  • Costs and benefits measured at the system-wide level for each of the alternative plans

  • Selected project will be the plan that reasonably maximizes the project’s contribution toward the system-wide benefits of CERP compared to cost


Step 1 system wide benefits future condition assumptions
Step 1 – System-wide Benefits Resources Development of 2000, approving: Future Condition Assumptions

Future Without-Project Condition Assumptions

Future With-Project Condition Assumptions

Authorized CERP Projects

Project Being Evaluated

No CERP

Unauthorized CERP Projects


Step 2 assessing incremental benefits attributable to the project
Step 2 Resources Development of 2000, approving: Assessing Incremental Benefits Attributable to the Project

  • Assessment measures the contribution of the project to system-wide benefits output

  • Quantify and describe the incremental costs and benefits of the selected project

  • Costs and benefits are incremental to the total CERP project


Step 2 incremental benefits future condition assumptions
Step 2 Resources Development of 2000, approving: – Incremental BenefitsFuture Condition Assumptions

Future Without-Project Condition Assumptions

Future With-Project Condition Assumptions

Authorized CERP Projects

Authorized CERP Projects

Project

Not Included

Project Being Evaluated

Unauthorized CERP Projects

Unauthorized CERP Projects


Step 3 assess interim operations
Step 3 Resources Development of 2000, approving: Assess Interim Operations

  • Establish baseline year for operations

  • Develop interim operational strategies

    • various operations should be considered to make the plan more efficient as an interim project

  • Assess local impacts

    • Evaluating the output of the selected projecttogether with authorized projects provides an assessment of local and system-wide impacts due to interim operations


Step 3 interim operations assessment future condition assumptions
Step 3 – Interim Operations Assessment Resources Development of 2000, approving: Future Condition Assumptions

Future Without-Project Condition Assumptions

Future With-Project Condition Assumptions

Authorized CERP Projects

Authorized CERP Projects

Project Being Evaluated


Acme basin b discharge project

COMPREHENSIVE EVERGLADES Resources Development of 2000, approving:

RESTORATION PLAN

Acme Basin B Discharge Project


Southern Blvd Resources Development of 2000, approving:

Pump #4

Pump #3

Basin A

Forest Hill Blvd

Pierson Road

7

Basin B

Lake Worth Road

Acme 10S

G-94D

Water Conservation Area 1

Wellington/ACME Improvement District Basin


Project background
Project Background Resources Development of 2000, approving:

  • Everglades Forever Act (1994 - present)

  • Everglades Stormwater Program (1996 - current)

  • Comprehensive Review Study included Acme Basin B Discharge as an OPE (1998)

  • WPA Feasibility Study (1998 - 2002)

  • Baseline Data Reports (1999 - current)

  • Chemical Treatment with Solids Separation (CTSS) pilot project (2000 - current)

  • Basin Specific Feasibility Studies (2001- current)


Basin Specific Resources Development of 2000, approving: Feasibility Studies

  • For basins associated with EFA requirements

  • Currently in Task 4, evaluation of alternatives to be completed August 2002

  • Information from the studies can be used when formulating alternatives in the CERP process


Basin specific feasibility studies acme basin b alternatives
Basin Specific Feasibility Studies Resources Development of 2000, approving: Acme Basin B Alternatives

Burns & McDonnell

  • Expand STA 1W (& possibly STA 1E)

  • Divert Runoff to the Palm Beach Aggregates Rock Pit

Brown & Caldwell

  • Divert Runoff to the Agricultural Reservoir

  • Chemical Treatment Component in the Basin

  • STA Component in the Basin


Basin specific feasibility studies web site
Basin Specific Feasibility Studies Resources Development of 2000, approving: Web Site

www.sfwmd.gov/org/erd/bsfboard/bsfsboard.htm


Project purpose
Project Purpose Resources Development of 2000, approving:

The purpose of the Acme Basin B project is to provide water quality treatment and stormwater attenuation for runoff from Acme Basin B prior to discharge to the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge (Water Conservation Area 1) or alternate location. Excess available water may be used to meet water supply demands.


Project goals objectives
Project Resources Development of 2000, approving: Goals & Objectives

  • Evaluate Alternatives

  • Meet 2006 Schedule

    • Everglades Forever Act

    • Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP)

  • Meet Program Authority Limit

    • $25 million


Where we are and what is next... Resources Development of 2000, approving:

  • Project Management Plans

    • Management document only

  • Project Implementation Reports

    • bridge the gap between the comprehensive plan and detailed project design


State & Resources Development of 2000, approving: CongressionalAuthorization

ProjectCooperationAgreement

We are

here

ProjectImplementationReport(including NEPA)

Plans&Specs

Project

MgmtPlan

Detailed Design

Operate

Operate

Construct

Real Estate Acquisition

Monitoring and Adaptive Assessment

CERP

Standard Project Development Process


Project management plans are

COMPREHENSIVE EVERGLADES Resources Development of 2000, approving:

RESTORATION PLAN

Project Management Plans Are:

  • Lists of anticipated tasks, responsibilities, schedules, products, and budget for the next project phase

  • General description of work and level of effort required

  • “Roadmaps” for activities and monitoring

  • Flexible - will be updated regularly, and as needed


Project management plans are not

COMPREHENSIVE EVERGLADES Resources Development of 2000, approving:

RESTORATION PLAN

Project Management Plans Are Not:

  • A decision document

  • Lists of each and every task that may be required

  • Detailed scopes of work

  • Set in stone


COMPREHENSIVE EVERGLADES Resources Development of 2000, approving:

RESTORATION PLAN

CERP Project Implementation Reports (PIRs)

  • Feasibility level decision documents

  • PIRs will bridge the gap between the comprehensive plan and projects, and design, permitting construction

  • FWS, EPA and NPS will provide significant resources during this project phase


The pir will address

COMPREHENSIVE EVERGLADES Resources Development of 2000, approving:

RESTORATION PLAN

The PIR will address:

  • Compliance with environmental requirements:

    • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): Chapter 401Permit (discharge permit)

    • Chapter 402 Permit (construction permit)

    • Endangered Species Act

    • Clear Air Act

    • Clean Water Act

    • And others

  • Economic/environmental justice issues:

    • Effects of project on minorities and low income communities


The pir will address1

COMPREHENSIVE EVERGLADES Resources Development of 2000, approving:

RESTORATION PLAN

The PIR will address:

  • Water quality issues:

    • Modeling

    • Evaluation of existing WQ data

    • Everglades Basin Specific Feasibility Study

    • Evaluation of STA’s performance benefits

  • Watershed assessment / water budget analysis:

    • Review Restudy assumptions

    • Seepage evaluation

    • Hydrological/hydraulic data (rainfall, evapotranspiration, pumping records, historical structure data, etc.)

    • Establish conveyance requirements

    • Establish storage needs

    • Modeling scenario runs

    • Evaluate existing and future level of flood protection


Planning Process Resources Development of 2000, approving:

Specify ProblemsAnd OpportunitiesStep 1

Inventory and Forecast

ConditionsStep 2

Formulate Alternate PlansStep 3

Evaluate Effects of Alternative PlansStep 4

Compare Alternative PlansStep 5

Select Recommended PlanStep 6


How to be involved
How to be involved... Resources Development of 2000, approving:

  • PMP Phase

    • workshops

    • PDT meetings

  • PIR Phase

    • workshops

    • PDT meetings

  • Mailing Lists

  • Web Sites


COMPREHENSIVE EVERGLADES Resources Development of 2000, approving:

RESTORATION PLAN

Internet Web Sites

www.evergladesplan.org

www.sfwmd.gov

www.saj.usace.army.mil


www.evergladesplan.org Resources Development of 2000, approving:


Contacts
Contacts Resources Development of 2000, approving:

SFWMD

Kathy Collins, Project Manager

(561) 682-2534

email: [email protected]fwmd.gov

USACE

Jerry Grubb, Project Manager

(904) 232-2771

email: [email protected]

SFWMD

EllenUnderwood,Senior Communications Specialist

(561) 682-6013

email: [email protected]


Thank you Resources Development of 2000, approving:

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