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Title: Central Everglades Planning Project, Integrated Project Implementation Report and EIS : Appendix G, Benefit Model
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Jacksonville District.
Keywords: Everglades (Fla.)
Environmental protection--Planning
Publisher: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Jacksonville District.
Abstract: The CEPP planning model was specifically developed to evaluate project alternatives within the CEPP project domain (ecoregion and/or watershed in south Florida). The primary areas to be evaluated included the Northern Estuaries (St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon and the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary), the Water Conservation Areas (WCA 3A and 3B), Everglades National Park (ENP), and Florida Bay. The CEPP planning model was developed by the Jacksonville District with support from multiple federal and state agencies. Members of the project delivery team include subject matter experts on Everglades flora and fauna, with extensive experience working in south Florida and Everglades wetlands ecosystems. Members of the project delivery team included ecologists, hydrologists, and planners from the USACE, United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Park Service (NPS), South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). Performance measures were used to make the correlation between hydrologic output and ecosystem functions and evaluate the degree to which proposed alternative plans met restoration objectives. Each of the project performance measures for the CEPP planning effort was derived from those performance measures approved for use in CERP by Restoration, Coordination and Verification (RECOVER). RECOVER is an interagency and interdisciplinary scientific and technical team that provides system-wide scientific and technical support to the CERP. Performance measure scores were generated from hydrologic models. Each performance measure had a predictive metric and a desired target representative of historical conditions or pre-drainage hydropatterns within the study area. The desired targets were based on hydrologic requirements necessary to meet empirical or model-derived ecological conditions. Performance measure scores were displayed as a function of restoration potential or achievement of the target with the minimum value of 0 representing a fully degraded ecosystem and a maximum value of 100 representing the restoration target. Habitat unit (HU) scores were produced from Habitat Suitability Indices (HSI), which converted the (0 to 100) scale of each performance measure to an (0 to 1) index value. These HSI were then applied to an acreage of potential benefit within the project area. Alternatives evaluated in the project included the future without project condition (FWO) and additional alternatives developed by the project delivery team.
Description: Project Implementation Report/Environmental Impact Statement
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
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