Florida Lake Management Society Annual Conference, Naples, Florida, June 4 – 7, 2007
THE IMPORTANCE OF LONG-TERM MONITORING DATA IN DEVELOPING AND ASSESSING CERP PERFORMANCE MEASURE GOALS AND TARGETS FOR LAKE OKEECHOBEE
Andrew J. Rodusky Lake Okeechobee Division, South Florida Water Management District West Palm Beach, FL
As part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program (CERP), alternative water treatment projects such as filter marshes and excess water storage facilities such as reservoirs and regional aquifer storage recovery (ASR) wells are proposed for the Lake Okeechobee watershed. These projects are expected to result in reduced lake stage fluctuations and watershed nutrient
loading, and are expected to improve in-lake environmental conditions.
effectiveness of these targets will be used.
projects, six revised performance measures (PM), and associated goals These PMs cover hydrologic (lake stage), chemical (water quality)
the and and
(fish, macroinvertebrates, vegetation and diatom to cyanobacteria ratios) attributes. project implementation monitoring programs are currently being conducted, to collect
already exists, while sparse data exists for other monitoring the baseline data, which will be compared to post-CERP
programs. These data will serve as implementation data, to assess the
pre- and post-CERP implementation data also will effectiveness of CERP projects and employ adaptive
enable water management
managers to evaluate the strategies where and when
necessary. However, the the long-term monitoring
effectiveness of adaptive management will depend on the reliability data collected both prior to and after the CERP projects are on-line.
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