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Project Title: Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress

PIN: DELS-WSTB-13-04         

Major Unit:
Division on Earth and Life Studies

Sub Unit:
Board on Environmental Studies & Toxicology
Water Science and Technology Board

Johnson, Stephanie

Subject/Focus Area:
Environment and Environmental Studies

Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress
September 29, 2015 - September 30, 2015
Miami Airport Marriott
1201 NW LeJeune Road
Building A
Salon ABCD (TBD)
Miami, Florida
(305) 649-5000

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:

Contact Name: Brendan McGovern
Phone: 202-334-2496
Fax: 202-334-1961


Tuesday, September 29

CLOSED SESSION (Committee and NRC Staff Only)

8:30 a.m. Committee work session

9:45 a.m. Break

OPEN SESSION (Everyone welcome)

10:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductory Remarks David Ashley, chair
• Brief overview of study charge, schedule, and reports.
• Introductions

10:15 a.m. Overview of Everglades Hydrology and Ecology Bob Johnson, NPS
Fred Sklar, SFWMD
• How scientific understanding regarding the objectives and basis for design has changed since 1998

11:00 a.m. Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan Matt Morrison, SFWMD
(CERP) 101 Kim Taplin, USACE
• CERP objectives and project strategies
• Evolution of CERP vision with new knowledge since CERP was developed
• Implementation to date
• CERP authorization and funding
• Scheduling and prioritization
• Real world constraints
• Context of major non-CERP projects
• Major developments since summer 2014
• Questions and discussion

12:00 noon Working Lunch (Lunch is provided free of charge for speakers and committee members. Others may purchase lunch by contacting Brendan McGovern [])

1:00 p.m. University of Florida Water Institute Report: Options to Reduce High Volume Freshwater Flows to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and Move More Water from Lake Okeechobee to the Southern Everglades
Mary Jane Angelo, Univ. of FL
Karl Havens, Univ. of FL
Wendy Graham, Univ. of FL (by phone)

1:45 p.m. Perspectives on Key Challenges for Everglades Restoration
• Please share your perspectives on restoration, to help the committee understand the broad context for restoration.
• What are the key challenges for Everglades restoration moving forward?
• What issues are most in need of the committee’s (and CERP’s) attention?
Cara Capp, Everglades Coalition
Newton Cook, United Waterfowlers of Florida
James Erskine, Miccosukee Tribe (invited)
Tom MacVicar, MacVicar Consulting
Cherise Maples, Seminole Tribe (invited)

3:00 p.m. Discussion of Recent NRC Reports
• Sponsor feedback on the 2014 CISRERP biennial review
• What kinds of NRC recommendations have been most useful to the restoration program? What recommendations may have missed the mark?
• Based on past reports, can you advise us on how to be most effective and helpful in the future?

Panel members:
Tom Teets, SFWMD
Shannon Estenoz, DOI
Nick Aumen, USGS
April Patterson, USACE and RECOVER
Bob Johnson, NPS
Ed Smith or Drew Bartlett, FDEP
Steve Traxler, FWS

3:30 p.m. Break

3:45 p.m. Discussion of New Issues for CISRERP VI
• What currently important restoration activities are underway that CISRERP VI should consider in its review?
• What projects/pilots/assessments/major reports are anticipated to be completed by mid-2016?

Panel members:
Tom Teets, SFWMD
Kim Taplin, USACE
Shannon Estenoz, DOI
Patti Gorman, SFWMD and RECOVER
Nick Aumen, USGS
Ernie Marks, FWC
Bob Johnson, NPS
Ed Smith or Drew Bartlett, FDEP
Steve Traxler, FWS
EPA (invited)

5:00 p.m. Public Comment (with particular emphasis on issues of importance to be considered by CISRERP VI)
(Members of the public interested in addressing the committee for up to 2-3
minutes must sign up during the meeting before 4:50 p.m.)

5:15 p.m. Adjourn

Wednesday, September 30

CLOSED SESSION (Committee and NRC Staff Only)

8:30 a.m. Committee work session

3:00 p.m. Adjourn