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In November Congress passed the 2007 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which contained authorization for three important Ever glades restoration projects. This legislation allows for approval of funding for up to $1.8 billion for these projects. The president s budget, released Feb. 4, included substantial funding for design and construction phases of the projects. Both WRDA 2007 and the ample funding provided in the president s budget take Ever glades restoration to the next level. The WRDA2007 bill gives the federal go-ahead for: The Indian RiverLagoon South project will restore this estuary of national significance, home to more than 4,300 wildlife species. Up to $1.4 billion of funding was approved. The Picayune Strand Hydrologic Restoration project will improve the groundwater and uplands in an area of western Collier County which, among other important attributes, is home to the Florida panther black bear and other native Everglades wildlife. Up to $375 million was approved. The Site 1 Impoundment (Fran Reich Preserve) project includes reservoir and water conveyance features for storing water that would otherwise flow to the Atlantic Ocean. One benefit of the Site 1 Impoundment project is the improvement it will provide to Lake Okeechobee and the coastal estuaries. Up to $80 million was approved.Welcome to Everglades ReportJanuary/February 2008 For the past four years, the Corps of Engineersproduced electronic newsletter, CERPReport, delivered to desktops throughout south Florida the latest news and information about outreach activities for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan also known as CERP. Now, as the need for information has changed, CERPReport has changed too. CERPReport has evolved into a new publication with an expanded mission. The new newsletter Everglades Report, will continue to focus on public information, environmental education, community and public meetings, but will expand to include programs and projects beyond the 16-county CERP focused areas. Everglades Report will give readers the latest news and information on all the Corps ef forts to restore central and south Florida s natural environment, said Nanciann Regalado program manager for strategicCongress approves$1.8 billion in Everglades restoration projectsPresident s budget follows with substantial fundingcontinued on page 3 continued on page 2 The Indian River Lagoon at Jensen Beach
More than 400 advocates for a healthy Everglades ecosystem gathered in southwest Florida in January for the 23rd Everglades Coalition Conference. This year s conference highlighted the projects and public policy needed to restore the Ever glades. Many federal and state leaders spoke during the four-day event including Florida Gov Charlie Crist and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. Both want to ensure the Ever glades remains a healthy, viable ecosystem in the years to come. Many appointees and staff members at all levels of government spoke or participated in panel discussions including John Paul W oodley, assistant secretary of the Army for civil works; Carol Wehle, executive director of the South Florida Water Management District; and Stu Appelbaum, deputy for restoration program management for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District. Amessage that resonated throughout the nationally-recognized conference was the continued need for a strong federalstate partnership to protect Americas River of Grass. The importance of partnerships with stakeholder groups was also emphasized. The Everglades Coalition Conference was held Jan. 10 to 13 on Captiva Island. For more information, visit www.evergladescoalition.org.National and state leaders focus on Everglades From left: Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior Lynn Scarlett, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) John Paul Woodley, Jr., and South Florida Water Management District Governing Board Member Shannon Estenoz participate in a panel discussion at the Everglades Coalition. Everglades Report The presidents budget, which supported the Corps funding request, includes the following: Picayune Strand $25.229 million ($24.229 million for construction and $1 million for design); Indian River Lagoon South $4.5 million for design; Site 1 Impoundment $3.5 million for design. The WRDA2007 bill also authorizes a $1.5 million study of the Herbert HooverDike. The 143-mile dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee is essential for public safety and is a key component of central and south Florida s regional water management system. The WRDA 2007 legislation and subsequent appropriations provided by the presidents budget reaffirms the federal governments commitment to the plan to restore Americas Ever glades, authorized in 2000. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is leading the federal efforts to restore the Everglades. The state of Florida, through the South Florida Water Management District, is moving forward on many related projects to support CERP. continued from page 1Congress approves$1.8 billion in Everglades restoration projects The Corps of Engineers briefed news media and local officials about the Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project on Dec. 13 in Por t Mayaca. This is one of many events to keep the public in south Florida, and local residents who live near the dike, appraised of the pr ogr ess of the strengthening project. Standing fr om left are Alan Bugg, chief of construction operations, and Michael Rogalski, project manager of the Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project, who are both of the Corps of Engineers.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was among 11 federal, state and local or ganizations that participated in a public forum to discuss issues af fecting Lake Okeechobee. The Decision Makers Forum was held in Belle Glade on Jan. 17. The purpose was to provide information to local governments, small businesses and residents in the communities that surround the lake. More than 190 people attended. Weve gotten a lot better at working together, said Col. Paul Gr osskruger, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District. Public discussions (such as this) help people understand the many challenges agencies face in managing the lake, he said. Many issues were discussed for this complex water body including the need for more water storage outside of the lake, reducing nutrients in the lake and the lake level regulation schedule. Also highlighted at the forum were the many effects to the lake and regional water supply caused by the record drought in Florida and the southeast United States. One theme presented throughout the day was the need for continued local involvement and outreach. There are at least 60,000 people who live near the lakes shores (an area that spans five counties) and involvement of area residents, governments and businesses is very important. Coming to local communities is vital, said Carol Wehle, executive director of the South Florida Water Management District. It assures taxpayer dollars are spent wisely. The forum provided an opportunity to bring all parties together to address the issues and work toward a common goal. For more information on the forum, please visit www.ces.fau.edu/dmf/.Agency leaders discussLake Okeechobee and local involvementCol. Grosskruger and Carol Wehle participate in a panel discussion at the Lake Okeechobee forum. Ever glades Repor t will provide the latest information on the pr ograms and projects of the Corps of Engineers to restore the Ever glades ecosystem. January/February 2008 communication and outreach, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District. There are many kinds of activities under way in the central and south Florida area, which is actually the greater Ever glades ecosystem. These include the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, earlier projects which today are called foundation projects, and others that will protect the environmental resources, improve water supplies and provide public safety. This newsletter will cover all these topics, she said. Like CERPReport, Everglades Report will be published six times a year and distributed to an electronic subscriber list. T o download a copy or subscribe to Ever glades Report, go to www .ever gladesplan.org. continued from page 1Welcome toEverglades Report Everglades Report is an unofficial publication authorized under the provisions of AR 360-1 and published by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, P .O. Box 4970, Jacksonville, Fla. 32232-0019. Comments regarding this report are encouraged and may be sent to email@example.com.
The Journey to Restore Americas Everglades A partnership of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Florida Water Management District and many other federal, state, local and tribal partners. WWW.EVERGLADESPLAN.ORG 1-877-CERP-USAU.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District 701 San Marco Blvd. Jacksonville, Fla. 32207-8175 1-800-291-9405 or 904-232-2568 www.saj.usace.army.milTo add or remove your name from the Everglades Report electronic mailing list: visit www.evergladesplan.org or call 305-948-8063.As the water shortage gripping the southeast United States continues, many scientists and water managers can look to Florida to learn from the implementation of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). While the overarching goal of its more than 50 projects is the improvement of the natural ecosystem in south Florida, CERPis also about storing water that would be wasted. The CERPproposes to capture 1.7 billion gallons of water which is sent to sea daily, store it, treat it and release it to the natural environment. Additional water will be available for people and farms, too. Water planners and managers throughout the nation and world can watch the progress of CERPand apply some of the innovative techniques and lessons learned through projects like the Indian River Lagoon-South, Site 1 Impoundment and others designed to capture and store water. In the meantime, as CERPworks to restore the River of Grass and improve habitat for 68 threatened and endangered species, an added value will be increased fresh water supplies for south Florida. To learn more about CERP, visit www.evergladesplan.org.Everglades restoration may provide water storage lessons Many miles of dry lakebed was exposed in the spring of 2007. This photo was taken on the east side of Lake Okeechobee, near the S-306 structure in Port Mayaca.Jan. 31 Public Meeting Modified Water Deliveries Water Control PlanFeb. 92008 Everglades Day, Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge Feb. 21Rhythms of Africa, African-American Research Library and Cultural CenterMarch 15W ater Matters Day, Broward County Meetings and Other Events