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Over the past two years, impressive progress has been made in planning new Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) projects, and the vision for CERP water storage is now becoming clear. Construction and completion of authorized CERP projects will likely take several decades, and at this pace of restoration, it is even more imperative that agencies anticipate and design for the Everglades of the future. CERP agencies should conduct a mid-course assessment that analyzes the benefits of authorized and planned projects under scenarios of future climate change and sea level rise to inform planning, scheduling, and adaptive management, while developing a science program focused on understanding current and future stressors. Improved monitoring and assessment is also needed to better assess the outcomes of restoration projects and support adaptive management.



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