Abstract: The everglades, a individual network of subtropical wetlands, is now half its former size. Many resons have been a big part in it's decline, such as flood control projects and agricultural and the developmant of city's. As part of a rebulding program for south Florida, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and other federal, state, tribal, and local agencies collaborated to develop a Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP or the Plan). CERP focuses on increasing storage of wet season waters to provide more water during the dry sea son for the natural system, and urban and agricultural users. the plan consists of 68 projects estimated to take 36 years and $7.8 billion to complete.
the water resources development act of 2000 (p.l.106-541) authorizes appropriationsfor initial construction projects and their operation and maintenance. The federal government will pay half the plan's costs and array of state, tribal, and local agencies the other half. major issues associated with the plan include:the development of programmatic regulations, coordination of restoration efforts, its effectiveness as a restoration effort, uncertainties in technologies and costs, specifics of water allocation, and its effect on the Corps budget. Draft programmatic regulations were circulated in December 2001. This report outlines the history and current conditions of the Everglades, CERP legislation and funding, and associated issues. It will be updated as events warrant.
(read report) this is a pdf.
i got the background fromsfsu and i got my info fromnational library for the environment.