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Title: Pahokee Restoration: Continuing Authorities Program, Section 1135 Project: Final Integrated Feasibility Study and Environmental Assessment: Appendix D, Environmental
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Jacksonville District.
Keywords: Environmental protection
Restoration ecology
Okeechobee, Lake (Fla.)
Publisher: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Jacksonville District.
Abstract: To facilitate the selection of a preferred alternative and to ensure that the federal government is investing funds in the most cost-effective plans, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) requires that the benefits be quantified so that relative levels of habitat benefit (output) can be compared to the costs. Although approval of planning models under EC 1105-2-412 is not required for Continuing Authorities Program (CAP) projects (Civil Works Policy Memorandum #1 [January 19, 2011]), the principles to ensure quality continue to be necessary. Models and analysis must be compliant with USACE policy, theoretically sound, computationally accurate, and transparent. The variables developed for this model are based upon data in the literature of species habitat requirements and preferences and are inherently based on best professional judgment. The Pahokee Restoration 1135 CAP Project planning model was specifically developed to evaluate project alternative benefits within the project area. The primary areas to be evaluated in the project area include newly created eco-islands within Lake Okeechobee as well as the immediately surrounding environment, which includes aquatic and terrestrial habitat, plants, fish, and wildlife. The planning model was developed by the USACE, Jacksonville District with input from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and the non-federal sponsor (NFS), Palm Beach County. Members of the project delivery team include scientists and engineers with experience working in south Florida environmental systems, ecology, hydrology, engineering, and planning. The planning model was reviewed by subject matter experts on Lake Okeechobee flora and fauna.
Description: Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
Size: 80 pages / 24.95 Mb
Types of Materials: PDF/A
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