South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Working Group

Annual Report 1996


Part III. PRIORITY TASKS


At the time of its formulation on September 23, 1993, the Federal Interagency Task Force identified a list of nine priority actions necessary to restore the south Florida ecosystem, and it tasked the Working Group to tackle these issues.

The Task Force added Priorities X and XI in 1994 and Priorities XII and XIII in 1995. The following table lists the current 13 priorities and provides a reference to the Chapter IV Subregions that include accomplishments and goals relating to each of these priorities.


Priority

Subregion

PRIORITY I
Provide consolidated objectives on ecosystem restoration to the USACE redesign of the Central and Southern Florida (C& SF) Project and continue to provide timely support.
TOTAL SYSTEM
PRIORITY II
Establish research priorities and implement a process for coordinating research on the South Florida ecosystem, including Florida Bay, which includes development of a and baseline scientific condition assessment and indicator monitoring program, and appropriate biological and hydrological modeling to evaluate ecosystem restoration objectives and programs.
TOTAL SYSTEM
and
Subregions 1-10
PRIORITY III
Establish partnerships with state and local agencies to support land acquisition initiatives in the South Florida Ecosystem.
TOTAL SYSTEM
and
Subregion 9
PRIORITY IV
Support development of an effort to integrate actions essential for the recovery of threatened and endangered species and undertake a multi-species recovery plan in the South Florida ecosystem.
TOTAL SYSTEM
PRIORITY V
Support expedited implementation of Corps projects in the Everglades ecosystem including Modified Water Deliveries to ENP, C-111, and the Kissimmee Restorations.
Subregions
1, 5, 7, 8
PRIORITY VI
Create a South Florida Comprehensive Conservation Permitting and Mitigation Strategy Summary.
TOTAL SYSTEM
PRIORITY VII
Develop an integrated long-term proposal and budget for ecosystem restoration, maintenance and protection which details current activities, achievements, and projected accomplishments.
TOTAL SYSTEM
PRIORITY VIII
Implement a continuing process that identifies and integrates immediate management goals, priority projects, and funding needs for the South Florida ecosystem.
TOTAL SYSTEM
PRIORITY IX
Fully integrate the state and SFWMD into the Task Force and build partnerships with appropriate Tribal and local governments.
TOTAL SYSTEM
PRIORITY X
Facilitate implementation of the Everglades Forever Act.
Subregions
2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10
PRIORITY XI
Support program to eradicate invasive exotics, particularly through construction of Ft. Lauderdale Melaleuca Quarantine Facility. Species that represent the most serious problems include: Melaleuca quinquenervia (Australian paperbark), Hibiscus tiliaceus (seaside mahoe), Casuarina equisetifolia (Australian pine) and Scaevola sericea and Schinus terebinthifolius (Brazilian pepper) and Lygodium microphyllum (old world climbing fern).
TOTAL SYSTEM
and
Subregions
2, 5, 6, 7
PRIORITY XII
Implement Water Quality Protection Program for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Subregion 8
PRIORITY XlII
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary - Draft Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (DMP/EIS).
Subregion 8

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