Everglades Restoration: Federal Funding and Implementation Progress [February 26, 2013] [open pdf - 300KB]
"The Florida Everglades is a unique network of subtropical wetlands that is now half its historical size. The federal government has had a long history of involvement in the Everglades, beginning in the 1940s with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (hereinafter referred to as the Corps) constructing flood control projects that shunted water away from the Everglades to make way for agricultural and urban development. Additional factors, including nonfederal development efforts, have contributed to the shrinking and altering of the Everglades ecosystem. In recognition of the unique ecosystem services provided by the Everglades, federal and state agencies began ecosystem restoration activities in the Everglades in the early 1990s. However, it was not until 2000 that federal and state restoration activities were coordinated under an integrated plan. In the Water Resources Development Act of 2000 (WRDA 2000, P.L. 106-541), Congress approved the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) as a framework for Everglades restoration and authorized an initial round of projects by the Corps and the Department of the Interior (DOI). According to the process, additional Everglades projects are to be presented to Congress for authorization as their planning is completed. In WRDA 2007 (P.L. 110-114), four additional projects were authorized. As of early 2013, four other projects had feasibility studies completed but were not yet authorized. […] This report summarizes historical and current funding for Everglades restoration, with a focus on federal funding and recent issues facing Congress. It also summarizes some of the major accomplishments in Everglades restoration since the enactment of CERP in 2000, as well as ongoing challenges."
CRS Report for Congress, R42007
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