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After much deliberation, Congress will finally start the progress toward achieving the restoration goals of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP).

The Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration will meet two to three times annually to receive briefings on the current status of the CERP and scientific issues involved in implementing the Plan.

The committee will produce biennial reports that will provide:

(1) an assessment of progress in restoring the natural system within the South Florida Ecosystem;
(2) discussion of significant accomplishments of the restoration;
(3) evaluation of specific scientific and engineering issues that may impact progress in achieving the natural system restoration goals of the Plan; and
(4) an independent review of monitoring and assessment protocols to be used for evaluation of CERP progress.

Call for nominations: They are seeking experts in hydrology; hydrologic and ecological modeling, aquatic, estuarine, wetland, and terrestrial ecology; wildlife biology; ecosystem restoration planning and management; water resources planning and management; systems engineering; water quality; geography; economics; monitoring; and data management to produce these reports.

If you would like to nominate someone for consideration into the committee, please fill out this form.