Central Everglades Planning Project

Background

Central Everglades Planning Project

In October 2011, the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force endorsed a state-federal initiative to speed up planning for key restoration projects in the heart of the Everglades. The result is a plan — known as a Project Implementation Report — for a suite of restoration projects in the central Everglades prepared for congressional authorization as part of the next generation of Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) components. The Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) incorporates updated science and technical information gained over the last decade to allow more water to be directed south to the central Everglades, Everglades National Park, and Florida Bay while protecting coastal estuaries. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) led the CEPP planning effort in partnership with the South Florida Water Management District (District).

Central Everglades Planning Project Public Workshops

Public participation was a major component of the CEPP planning process. The Task Force's Working Group sponsored a series of sixteen (16) public workshops to receive input from the public and keep them informed and engaged as active participants. These workshops have been widely recognized as an innovative and effective means of engaging the public, particularly during an expedited planning process as was conducted for the CEPP. As the principal Federal and Non-Federal sponsors of CERP, the Corps and the District held Project Delivery Team (PDT) meetings in parallel with the Working Group-sponsored public workshops to enable federal, state, and local agencies and tribal governments to provide their input into the CEPP.

 

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