Oct. 17, 2018

SFWMD Actions Based Off CISRERP's "Progress Towards Restoring the Everglades" Report

SFWMD Studying What Areas of Everglades
are Most Vulnerable to Ecological Harm
Agency Vulnerability Study mirrors recommendations made in latest independent scientific report calling for look at impact of sea level rise on Everglades restoration efforts
West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and its partner agencies in the Restoration, Coordination and Verification (RECOVER) working group focused on Everglades restoration are engaged in a study determining what areas of America's Everglades could be most vulnerable to environmental harm from factors like sea level rise in the future. This vulnerability study is one of several ways the District is assessing the impacts of sea level rise on all its core missions.
The Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress (CISRERP), an independent scientific body that offers input on projects that are part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), recently released its Seventh Biennial "Progress Towards Restoring the Everglades" Report. The scientists on the CISRERP panel applauded the ongoing investment in sound science by SFWMD that has led to dramatic improvements in water quality and Everglades restoration.
The CISRERP panel "noted that restoration is likely to create important benefits that increase the resilience of the ecosystem in the face of climate change" and also recommended assessing these benefits.
"This vulnerability study, which is underway, will provide key information for all future planning efforts related to restoration," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Federico Fernandez. "We are pleased that this independent scientific body has validated SFWMD's scientific work that forms the basis for our restoration efforts and look forward to obtaining the results of the study.
The vulnerability study is being conducted by SFWMD staff in cooperation with the Everglades National Park  and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The vulnerability study will evaluate potential risks to the Everglades due to sea level rise, changing hydrologic patterns and more frequent extreme weather events, such as droughts or intense rainfall. Modeling and analysis will identify locations and animal species throughout the Everglades system that are the most vulnerable to harm and help recommend actions to combat these vulnerabilities.
For more updates on SFWMD's work:
Media Contact: 
Randy Smith |   rrsmith@sfwmd.gov    |  Cell: (561)-682-6197 | Cell: 561-389-3386
The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts. Our mission is to protect South Florida's water resources by balancing and improving flood control, water supply, water quality and natural systems.

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