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Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP)
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CERP Summary
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The Water Resources Development Acts of 1992 and 1996 provided the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) with the authority to review the Central and Southern Florida Project. The Corps was asked to develop a comprehensive plan to restore and conserve south Florida's natural ecosystem while enhancing water supplies and maintaining flood protection.

In partnership, the Corps and South Florida Water Management District (District) worked over six years with more than 100 ecologists, hydrologists, engineers and other professionals from more than 30 Federal, state, tribal, and local agencies to take a system-wide look at water in south Florida. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service worked with the Corps and District to evaluate and minimize the impacts to listed species in south Florida and to integrate the 'South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan' into the effort to restore the Everglades.

The Master Program Management Plan (Master Plan) describes the framework and process to be used by the Corps and District for managing and monitoring the restoration plan. This is divided into program level activities (those spanning multiple projects and/or involving system-wide issues) and project level activities. The Master Plan covers 6 pilot projects and 56 restoration plan components for which the District has agreed to be the local sponsor.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is addressing an unprecedented workload to assure that the Everglades restoration plan provides maximum benefits to the diverse fish and wildlife resources of south Florida. The restoration plan as a whole and each of its components will require the Service's evaluation under the authorities of the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Clean Water Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act.

Related Links

Recent Evaluations of Everglades Restoration Projects
Science Plan in Support of Ecosystem Restoration, Preservation, and Protection in South Florida
Last updated: May 3, 2019