GEER 2008
Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration
Planning, Policy and Science Meeting
For Everglades Restoration 2050 – Advancing the Science to Achieve Success

July 28-August 1, 2008 l Naples, FL


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Workshops & Special Sessions

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 | 10:20 – 12 noon

CERP 101 – Background and Key Components of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan: Implementation Status and Lessons Learned

NOTE: There is no fee to participate in this workshop. Please sign up in advance when registering online for the conference.

    Workshop Background:

The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) is a $10.9 billion ecological restoration program which is planned to be implemented over 30 years. Congress approved CERP as a framework for restoration in the Water Resource Development Act of 2000. CERP provides a blueprint for the restoration, protection, and preservation of natural systems in central and south Florida, including the Everglades. The goal of CERP is to improve the quantity, quality, timing and distribution of water deliveries to the greater Everglades ecosystem, while providing for the needs of the human environment, including water supply and flood protection.

This workshop will provide a review the history of drainage and water management in south Florida and a review of the unintended consequences resulting from urban and agricultural development in the region. An overview of the more than 40 major projects and 68 project components will be presented. A summary of CERP implementation progress to date will be presented along with challenges and lessons learned during implementation.

    Workshop Objective:

The objective of the proposed workshop is to acquaint participants with the conditions that created the need for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, a review of key restoration plan features and desired restoration outcomes. A summary of key implementation challenges and lessons learned will be presented, along with an update on the status of restoration project planning, design and construction, Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) and Adaptive Management and Monitoring activities.

    Who Will Attend:

The intended audience for this workshop includes scientists, engineers and program managers with an interest in ecosystem restoration program implementation.

    For more information, contact Beth Miller-Tipton at

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