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Title: Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact : Central Everglades Planning Project South : Interim Operations
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Jacksonville District
Keywords: Everglades (Fla.)
Restoration ecology
Environmental management
Environmental protection
Publisher: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Jacksonville District.
Abstract: The Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) was authorized by Section 1401(4)1 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016, Public Law 114‐322. Section 1308(a) of the WRDA of 2018, Public Law 115‐217, authorized the project for ecosystem restoration, Central and Southern Florida, Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA), Florida, which changes operational flows but does not interfere with CEPP South implementation (or CEPP North or the seepage cutoff wall that is part of CEPP New Water). The 2014 CEPP Final Project Implementation Report and Environmental Impact Statement (PIR/EIS) contained a Draft Project Operating Manual (DPOM). Refinements to the operating criteria in the DPOM were envisioned to be made as additional project design details, data, operational experience, and/or general information is gained during implementation phases. Paragraph 16.b(3) of the 2014 CEPP Chief’s Report states that the PIR will be updated as appropriate as revisions are made to Water Control Plans and Project Operating Manuals (POMs) for each phase, and that compliance with all legal requirements are met for each phase. The Corps is recommending revisions to the 2014 CEPP and EAA Reservoir DPOM consistent with established Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) procedures (Draft Guidance Memoranda 5) that provides specific guidance for the preparation of operating manuals as part of the framework for assuring that benefits of the CERP are achieved This EA addresses the interim operations of features associated with CEPP South Contract 1 to include the installation and operation of temporary pumps adjacent to the L‐29 canal as an interim measure to enhance and redirect flow south towards the L‐29 canal in the Blue Shanty Flowway during the phased construction of CEPP South features. Reference Section 1.4 and Section 2.2. Approval authority for 2020 CEPP and EAA Reservoir DPOM resides with the Corps’ South Atlantic Division (SAD) Commander per Engineering Regulation (ER) 11102‐240. The responsibility may be delegated to the Jacksonville District Commander. The installation and operation of the L‐29 temporary pumps are considered a CEPP South construction activity.
Description: Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
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