Consensus Report

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Sixteen years into the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program, several project components are completed or nearing completion and are beginning to yield measurable results, especially in terms of creating hydrologic conditions increasingly similar to pre-drainage flows. This sixth biennial review of the $16.4 billion CERP project finds that, although measurable progress is being made, there is insufficient attention on radically changing system and planning constraints. New knowledge about the Everglades' pre-drainage hydrology, climate change and sea level rise, and the feasibility of originally-envisioned storage alternatives will have substantial impacts on the expected outcomes of restoration efforts. The report concludes that forward-looking analysis, in conjunction with program-level adaptive management, is needed to ensure that the CERP is based on the latest scientific and engineering knowledge and is robust to changing conditions.

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