Palmetto Bay, Fla. – The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress (CISRERP), a non-governmental body charged with providing Congress with independent and objective scientific information, today released its sixth biennial review on the progress of Everglades restoration. The 2016 findings underscored declarations by more than 200 scientists that critical water storage outlined in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) is falling far behind what is needed to protect this one-of-a-kind ecosystem.
“The National Academy report points to the alarming lack of progress on storage and how new information makes storage critically important,” said Dr. Tom Van Lent, a senior scientist at The Everglades Foundation (The Foundation). “Without more progress building storage, we are gambling with Florida’s future.”
The report also addresses the bureaucratic Integrated Delivery Schedule (IDS), which lays out a project schedule.
“The South Florida Water Management District wants us to believe that the IDS came down with Moses,” said Eric Eikenberg, CEO of The Foundation. “But the National Academy says the IDS should be revised – and we could not agree more. Once again, the science is confirmed. This report highlights the urgent need to advance the stalled Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir Project for critical water storage.”
“We have enough reports,” said Eikenberg. “We’ve had plenty of groupthink. What the people of Florida want now is action. Senate President Negron’s plan to buy land for water storage south of Lake Okeechobee is the key to getting restoration back on track.”
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