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Lessons Learned from Everglades Restoration Julie A. Hill Everglades Policy Associate. Natural System. Managed System. 68 Threatened & Endangered Species. Yikes!. Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). WRDA 2000 codified CERP

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lessons learned from everglades restoration julie a hill everglades policy associate
Lessons Learned from

Everglades Restoration

Julie A. Hill

Everglades Policy Associate

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Natural System

Managed System

comprehensive everglades restoration plan cerp
Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP)
  • WRDA 2000 codified CERP
    • CERP provided for 68 separate restoration components throughout the Everglades ecosystem
  • 50/50 shared responsibility between the State of Florida (South Florida Water Management District) and federal partners (US Army Corps of Engineers)
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Although CERP was passed 8 years ago, to date no construction projects have been completed
federal funding has not met the levels of state funding
Federal funding has not met the levels of state funding

State has contributed at a level of 2 to 1 compared with the federal partner

The WRDA process for federal authorization is one cause of delays

new ideas
New ideas
  • Water Resources Restoration Act
    • Authorize comprehensive ecosystem restoration projects separately from navigation and flood control projects
    • Replicate the WRDA framework and build upon the environmental protection mission of the US Army Corps of Engineers
lessons learned
Lessons Learned

1. Most importantly, be FLEXIBLE, and look at substance over process

2. Prioritize projects by anticipated ecological benefits

3. Very important to show early up-front commitment from the local sponsor to entice federal commitment

lessons learned cont
Lessons Learned, Cont.

4. Agriculture is valuable and flood protection important

  • BUT “savings clause” caused more problems than anticipated

5. Adaptive Management should be used to achieve benefits- don’t wait until planning efforts are perfect

lessons learned cont1
Lessons Learned, Cont.

6. Work within existing procedural structures at the same time as proposing new and improved procedures

7. Focus on land acquisition at the outset

8. Develop partnerships to advance ecosystem restoration efforts nationwide

new developments
New Developments
  • US Sugar Purchase
    • 187,000 acres
    • State will pay approximately $1.75 billion
    • Funding will come primarily from certificates of participation
    • Early benefits for water storage and water treatment
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Natural System

Managed System

implications of us sugar
Implications of US Sugar
  • The State of Florida will no longer be able to take on the burden of funding the majority of projects
  • Some projects need to be expedited in order to achieve the best possible benefits from the US Sugar purchase
  • The purchase could change Everglades restoration plans dramatically, so reinforces the need to be flexible