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Florida Lake Management Society Annual Conference, Naples, Florida, June 4 – 7, 2007

BALANCING SUSTAINABILITY WITH SCIENTIFIC RIGOR: AN EXAMPLE FROM THE GREATER EVERGLADES WETLANDS CERP MODULE

Jana M. Newman, and Greg Graves RECOVER Division, South Florida Water Management District West Palm Beach, FL

The long-term realization of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) Monitoring and Assessment Plan (MAP) not only hinges upon the strong defensible science that underpins the plan, but also on the logistical and economic sustainability of the MAP over several decades as CERP projects come on line. As with any development of a large-scale monitoring program, the Monitoring and Assessment Plan (MAP) built upon several distinct components that provided the initial goals and targets, and through an evolution of thought and scientific discussion, the next level of product emerges. Unquestionably this is dynamic process that is responsive not only to new scientific insights and knowledge, but also to ever shifting political and monetary pressures. This presentation will illustrate the layers of products that became incorporated into the current Greater Everglades Wetlands module MAP and the future direction currently envisioned to ensure a scientifically and monetarily sustainable monitoring network.

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