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Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress


Project Scope:

This Congressionally mandated activity will review the progress toward achieving the restoration goals of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP).  To this end, the Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration will meet two to three times annually to receive briefings on the current status of the CERP and scientific issues involved in implementing the Plan.  The committee will produce two biennial reports that will provide:

(1) an assessment of progress in restoring the natural system, which is defined by section 601(a) of WRDA 2000 as “all the land and water managed by the federal government and state within the South Florida Ecosystem;

(2) discussion of significant accomplishments of the restoration;

(3) discussion and evaluation of specific scientific and engineering issues that may impact progress in achieving the natural system restoration goals of the Plan; and

(4) an independent review of monitoring and assessment protocols to be used for evaluation of CERP progress (e.g., CERP performance measures, annual assessment reports, assessment strategies, etc.).

 

Status: Current

PIN: DELS-WSTB-19-01

Project Duration (months): 60 month(s)

RSO: Johnson, Stephanie

Topic(s):

Environment and Environmental Studies



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 03/18/2019

Charles T. Driscoll, Jr. - (Chair)
Charles T. Driscoll (NAE), Chair, is University Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Syracuse University, where he also serves as the director of the Center for Environmental Systems Engineering. His teaching and research interests are in the area of environmental chemistry, biogeochemistry, and environmental quality modeling. A principal research focus has been the response of forest, aquatic, and coastal ecosystems to disturbance, including air pollution, land use change, and elevated inputs of nutrients and mercury. Dr. Driscoll is currently an investigator of the National Science Foundation’s Long Term Ecological Research Network’s project at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has served on several National Academy committees. He has also served on the Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress since 2006. He is a fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Driscoll received his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Maine and his M.S. and Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Cornell University.
William G. Boggess
William G. Boggess is professor and executive associate dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU). Prior to joining OSU, Dr. Boggess spent 16 years on the faculty at the University of Florida in the Food and Resource Economics Department. His research interests include interactions between agriculture and the environment (e.g., water allocation, groundwater contamination, surface-water pollution, sustainable systems); economic dimensions and indicators of ecosystem health; and applications of real options to environmental and natural resources. Dr. Boggess previously served on the Oregon Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors and the Board of Directors of the American Agricultural Economics Association, and he currently serves on the Board of the Oregon Environmental Council. He served on the State of Oregon Environment Report Science Panel and has been active in the design and assessment of the Oregon Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. Dr. Boggess served as a member of the National Research Council Committee on the Use of Treated Municipal Wastewater Effluents and Sludge in the Production of Crops for Human Consumption, and on the Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress (since 2008) serving as chair of the fourth and seventh committees. He received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University.
Casey Brown
Casey Brown is professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Adjunct Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University. His primary research interest is the development of analytical methods for improving the use of scientific observations and data in decision making, with a focus on climate and water resources, and he has worked extensively on projects around the world in this regard. He chairs the Water and Society Technical Committee of the AGU Hydrology Section and the Water Resources Planning under Climate Change Technical Committee of the ASCE Environmental and Water Resources Institute Systems Committee. He earned his B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Notre Dame, his M.S. degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and his Ph.D. degree in environmental engineering science from Harvard University.
Robin K. Craig
Robin K. Craig is the James I. Farr Presidential Endowed Professor of Law at the University of Utah College of Law. Her research focuses on “all things water,” especially water, ocean and coastal law; the impact of climate change on freshwater resources; and the intersection of water and energy law. She has published 11 books on environmental and water law and sustainability. Craig previously taught at the Lewis & Clark School of Law; Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts; Indiana University-Indianapolis School of Law; and the Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee, Florida. She served on prior National Academies’ committees on the Clean Water Act and the Mississippi River and on the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan. She is active in the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, where she just completed a three-year term on the Executive Council and where she currently serves as Co-Chair of the Water Resource Committee. She received a B.A. degree from Pomona College, an M.A. degree from Johns Hopkins University, a Ph.D. in English literature from UC Santa Barbara, and a J.D. from Lewis and Clark College.
Thomas Dunne
Thomas Dunne (NAS) is Research Professor in the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is a hydrologist and a geomorphologist, with research interests in field and theoretical studies of drainage basin and hill-slope evolution; sediment transport and floodplain sedimentation; debris flows; and sediment budgets of drainage basins. He served as a member of the WSTB Committee on Water Resources Research, the Committee on Opportunities in the Hydrologic Sciences, and the Committee on Sustainable Water and Environmental Management in the California Bay-Delta. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1988 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992. He has acted as a scientific advisor to the United Nations, the governments of Brazil, Taiwan, Kenya, Spain, the Philippines, Washington, Oregon, and several U.S. federal and state agencies. He is a recipient of the American Geophysical Union Horton Medal and the Linsley Award of the American Institute of Hydrology. Dr. Dunne holds a B.A. from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. in geography from the Johns Hopkins University.
M. S. Fennessy
M. Siobhan Fennessy is the Philip and Sheila Jordan Professor of Environmental Science and Biology at Kenyon College, where she studies wetland ecosystems, particularly how wetland plant communities and biogeochemical cycles respond to human disturbances such as altered land use and factors associated with climate change. Her work has resulted in the development of biological assessment methods for wetlands that were recently employed in the National Wetland Condition Assessment effort led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She previously served on the faculty of the Geography Department of University College London and held a joint appointment at the Station Biologique du la Tour du Valat investigating human impacts to Mediterranean wetlands. She was a member of the U.S EPA’s Biological Assessment of Wetlands Workgroup, a national technical committee working to develop biological indicators of ecosystem condition. She recently co-authored a book on the ecology of wetland plants. Her current research focus is the alteration of ecosystem services that results from ecosystem degradation. She served as a member of the National Academies’ Committee to Review the St. Johns River Water Supply Impact Study and since 2015 has served on the Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress. Dr. Fennessy received her B.S. in botany and Ph.D. in environmental science from The Ohio State University.
James W. Jawitz
James W. Jawitz is professor of landscape hydrology in the Soil and Water Sciences Department at the University of Florida. His research emphasizes remediation of contaminated groundwater, wetland hydrology, catchment-scale water quality, and urban water supply. His work encompasses field experiments, laboratory studies, theoretical developments, and mathematical modeling. In 2016, he was a Dresden Senior Fellow at Technical University-Dresden (Germany). He earned his B.S., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees in environmental engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville.
Ehab A. Meselhe
Ehab A. Meselhe is Professor in the Department of River-Coastal Science and Engineering at Tulane University. Dr. Meselhe has more than 25 years of experience researching coastal wetland hydrology, sediment transport, and computer modeling of coastal wetland, estuarine, and riverine systems. He worked as an educator, researcher, and practitioner with extensive experience working with academic institutions, government agencies, and the private sector. Dr. Meselhe served as Louisiana’s technical lead for the Mississippi River Hydrodynamic and Delta Management Study and helped build the numerical models that provided a foundation for Louisiana’s 2012 and 2017 Coastal Master Plans. Dr. Meselhe is heavily involved in the numerical modeling being used by Louisiana to help refine the design of sediment diversions at Mid-Barataria and Mid-Breton along the Mississippi River. Dr. Meselhe is a registered Professional Engineer in the sates of Iowa and Louisiana. He also served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Hydrology (Elsevier), and the Journal of Hydraulic Research (International Association of Hydraulic Research). He earned his B.S. degree from Zagazig University in Cairo, Egypt, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Iowa.
Denise J. Reed
Denise J. Reed is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in coastal marsh sustainability and the role of human activities in modifying coastal systems with over 30 years of experience studying coastal issues in the United States and abroad. Dr. Reed has served as s a Distinguished Research Professor in the University of New Orleans’ Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and spent five years as Chief Scientists at The Water Institute of the Gulf. She has served on numerous boards and panels addressing the effects of human alterations on coastal environments and the role of science in guiding restoration, including the NRC Committee on Sustainable Water and Environmental Management in the California Bay-Delta, and has been a member of the USACE Environmental Advisory Board and the NOAA Science Advisory Board. Dr. Reed received her B.S. degree in Geography from Sidney Sussex College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Cambridge.
James Saiers
James E. Saiers is the Clifton R. Musser Professor of Hydrology at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Dr. Saiers studies how human activities and natural processes affect the quality of drinking-water resources and alter freshwater flows within aquifers, wetlands, and river basins. His recent research projects address water-quality impacts of fossil-fuel development, carbon and nutrient transport through watersheds, radionuclide migration in groundwater, and climate-change effects on water resources in Africa. Dr. Saiers has served on the Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress since 2012, and he chaired the Committee to Review the Florida Aquifer Storage and Recovery Regional Study Technical Data Report. Additionally, he served as a member of the Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel of the Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board. He earned his B.S. degree in geology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia.
Eric P. Smith
Eric P. Smith is a professor in the Department of Statistics at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Smith research focuses on multivariate analysis, multivariate graphics, biological sampling and modeling, ecotoxicology, data analytics, and visualization. He teaches courses in Biological Statistics, Biometry, Consulting, Data Mining, and Multivariate Methods. His courses focus on extracting information from large data sets, and on analyzing and solving problems through fast algorithms, accurate models, evolving statistical methodology, and quantification of uncertainty. He is the former Director of the Computational Modeling and Data Analytics Program. He is a He earned his B.S. degree from the University of Georgia, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Washington.
Martha A. Sutula
Martha A. Sutula is a principal scientist and head of the Biogeochemistry Department of the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, where she oversees projects related to the effects of climate change and anthropogenic pollution on acidification, hypoxia, harmful algal blooms, and eutrophication. Her research group combines the use of observations, experiments and numerical models to understand drivers and ecological impacts of these phenomena in streams, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters. Beyond her research activities, she focuses on linking science to management. Examples of this include her work as lead scientist to the California State Water Resources Control Board, providing technical support to develop eutrophication water quality objectives for California’s waters. She received her B.S. degree in chemistry from Purdue University, M.S. degree in public health from Tulane University, and Ph.D. degree in coastal oceanography from Louisiana State University.
Jeffrey R. Walters
Jeffrey R. Walters is the Harold Bailey Professor of Biology at Virginia Tech, a position he has held since 1994. His professional experience includes assistant, associate, and full professorships at North Carolina State University from 1980 until 1994. Dr. Walters has done extensive research and published many articles on the red-cockaded woodpeckers in North Carolina and Florida, and he chaired an American Ornithologists’ Union Conservation Committee Review that looked at the biology, status, and management of the Cape Sable seaside sparrow, a bird endemic to the Everglades. His research interests are in the behavioral ecology, population biology, and conservation of birds, and his recent work has focused on cooperative breeding, dispersal behavior, and endangered species issues. Dr. Walters served on two panels of the Sustainable Ecosystems Institute that addressed issues with endangered birds in the Everglades restoration in addition to previously serving as a member of the National Academies’ Committee on Restoration of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem and four previous terms of the Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress. He holds a B.A. degree from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Chicago.
Denice H. Wardrop
Denice H. Wardrop is research professor and professor of Geography and Ecology at The Pennsylvania State University. She also serves as associate director of Riparia. Her research focuses on theoretical ecology, anthropogenic disturbance and impacts on aquatic ecosystem function, ecological indicators, and ecosystem condition monitoring and assessment. Dr. Wardrop is the Pennsylvania Governor's Appointee to the Chesapeake Bay Program's Science and Technical Advisory Committee and previously served as its chair. She also directs the Mid-Atlantic Wetlands Workgroup. She has a B.S. degree in systems engineering from the University of Virginia, a M.S. degree in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. degree in ecology from the Pennsylvania State University.
Stephanie E. Johnson - (Staff Officer)

Events



Location:


Beckman Center
Irvine, CA, USA

Event Type :  
Meeting

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Brendan McGovern
Contact Email:  bmcgovern@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2496

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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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Location:


TBD
TBD, FL, USA

Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

Washington DC or South Florida


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NA

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

Contact Name:  Brendan McGovern
Contact Email:  bmcgovern@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2496

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No

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-

Event Type :  
-

Description :   

TBD



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

Contact Name:  Brendan McGovern
Contact Email:  bmcgovern@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2496

Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
-

Description :   

TBD



Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Brendan McGovern
Contact Email:  bmcgovern@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2496

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:


TBD
Greater Miami area, FL, USA

Event Type :  
Meeting

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NA

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

Contact Name:  Brendan McGovern
Contact Email:  bmcgovern@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2496

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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Some sessions are open and some sessions are closed

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Location:


Embassy Suites West Palm Beach Central
1601 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, FL, 33406
USA

Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

Wednesday, August 14

OPEN SESSION

Field trip to IRL-S CERP project area and St. Lucie Estuary

Very limited seating available.  Sign-up at by contacting Courtney DeVane (cdevane@nas.edu).                                                

Thursday, August 15

CLOSED SESSION (Committee and National Academies Staff Only)

8:30 a.m.       Committee work session

9:15 a.m.       Break

OPEN SESSION  (Everyone welcome)

9:30 a.m.       Welcome and introductions                                                  Charley Driscoll, chair

Systemwide Conditions and Trends                                                                                                               

9:40 a.m.       Overview of systemwide water budget, CERP targets, existing constraints, and expected effects of near-term projects

                                                                                                                     Akin Owosina, SFWMD

                                                                                                                                      TBD, USACE

Estuary Conditions                                                                                                                                                                       

10:20 a.m.     Northern Estuaries:  Current Conditions and CERP objectives

                                                                                                                 Lawrence Glenn, SFWMD

10:50 a.m.     Northern Estuaries:  Effects of changing conditions, new science, and future needs

                                                                                                                  TBD

11:20 p.m.     Q&A on Northern Estuaries

                       Panelists:

                                                                                                                 Lawrence Glenn, SFWMD

                                                                                                   Mark Perry, Florida Oceanographic

                                                                                                             James Evans, City of Sanibel

                                                                                                                                          Other TBD                      

12:15 p.m.     Working Lunch (Lunch is provided free of charge for speakers and committee members.  Others may purchase lunch in advance on the website using Eventbrite.)

1:15 p.m.       Florida Bay: Current Conditions and CERP objectives

                                                                                                                            Dave Rudnick, NPS

1:30 p.m.       Biscayne Bay: Current Conditions and CERP objectives

                                                                                                                           Erik Stabenau, NPS

1:45 p.m.       Southern Estuaries: Effects of changing conditions, new science, and future needs

                                                                                                                        Jim Fourquerean, FIU                                         

2:15 p.m.       Q&A on Southern Estuaries

                       Panelists:                                                                                     Dave Rudnick, NPS

                                                                                                                          Jim Fourqurean, FIU

                                                                                                                           Erik Stabenau, NPS

                                                                                                                       TBD, SFWMD (invited)                                                                                                                                                         

3:10 p.m.       Break                                                                                                                                               

3:30 p.m.       RECOVER System Status Report 2019                                                                  

                                                                                                                Gretchen Ehlinger, USACE

                                                                                                                       Patti Gorman, SFWMD

4:45 p.m.      Public comment. (Members of the public interested in addressing the committee for up to 3 minutes must sign up during the meeting before 4:30 p.m.)

5:00 p.m.       Adjourn

 

Friday, August 16

OPEN SESSION (Everyone welcome)

Use of Modeling in Everglades Planning, Assessment, and Adaptive Management

8:30 a.m.       Welcome                                                                                                                                                           

8:35 a.m.       Case study: Modeling for project planning in WERP

                                                                                                                                      Walter Wilcox

                                                                                                                                 Tim Breen, FWS

9:05 a.m.       Case study: Modeling for interim goals and interim targets and informing restoration schedules, IGIT

                                                                                                                          Agnes McLean, NPS

9:20 a.m.       Case study: Modeling for refinement of operations/adaptive management in the Combined Operations Plan (COP)

                                                                                                                       Dan Crawford, USACE

                                                                                                                      Walter Wilcox, SFWMD

                                                                                                                          Agnes McLean, NPS                                                                                                                                                           

9:50 a.m.       Panel discussion:

                                                                                                           Dan Crawford, USACE

                                                                                                          Walter Wilcox, SFWMD

                                                                                                              Agnes McLean, NPS

                                                                                                                  Miles Meyer, FWS

                                                                                                                     Tim Breen, FWS

                                                                                                        Leonard Pearlstine, NPS

                                                                                  Tom Van Lent, Everglades Foundation

                                                                                                    Jayantha Obeysekera, FIU

 

11:00 a.m.     Adjourn

CLOSED SESSION (Committee and National Academies Staff Only)

11:15 a.m.     Committee work session

3:30 p.m.       Adjourn


Registration for Online Attendance :   
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Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Brendan McGovern
Contact Email:  bmcgovern@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2496

Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Some sessions are open and some sessions are closed

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Charles Driscoll
Casey Brown
Robin Craig
Tom Dunne
Siobhan Fennessy
Jim Jawitz
Ehab Meselhe
Denise Reed
James Saiers
Eric Smith
Martha Sutula
Jeff Walters
and Denice Wardrop.

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Future meeting presentations, data needs, and potential topics to research further

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
September 10, 2019
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
Webinar

Description :   
  • Overview of modeling enterprise (hydrology, ecology, water quality; high level)
  • How are these models, including hydrologic, ecological, and water quality models, used in Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP)?
  • What is the predictive capacity of the models? 
  • How are the models being improved with new information?
  • How do the models incorporate future change into 2050 projections (i.e., development pressures, water demand, Sea Level Rise)? 


Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Courtney Devane
Contact Email:  cdevane@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2743

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:


1201 S Le Jeune Road
Building A
Miami, FL, 33126
USA

Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

1201 S Le Jeune Rd Building A, Miami, FL 33126


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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

Contact Name:  Brendan McGovern
Contact Email:  bmcgovern@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2496

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Some sessions are open and some sessions are closed

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Charles Driscoll
Bill Boggess (remotely)
Casey Brown
Robin Craig
Tom Dunne
Siobhan Fennessy
Jim Jawitz
Ehab Meselhe
Denise Reed
James Saiers
Eric Smith
Martha Sutula
Jeff Walters
and Denice Wardrop.

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Conflict and Interest discussion, reflection on previous day's presentations, topics to focus on this cycle, etc.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
May 21, 2019
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Publications

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