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.
|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.|
|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.|
|Establish partnerships with state and local agencies to support land acquisition initiatives in the South Florida Ecosystem.|
|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.|
|Support expedited implementation of Corps projects in the Everglades ecosystem including Modified Water Deliveries to ENP, C-111, and the Kissimmee Restorations.|
1, 5, 7, 8
|Create a South Florida Comprehensive Conservation Permitting and Mitigation Strategy Summary.|
|Develop an integrated long-term proposal and budget for ecosystem restoration, maintenance and protection which details current activities, achievements, and projected accomplishments.|
|Implement a continuing process that identifies and integrates immediate management goals, priority projects, and funding needs for the South Florida ecosystem.|
|Fully integrate the state and SFWMD into the Task Force and build partnerships with appropriate Tribal and local governments.|
|Facilitate implementation of the Everglades Forever Act.|
2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10
|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).|
2, 5, 6, 7
|Implement Water Quality Protection Program for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.|
|Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary - Draft Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (DMP/EIS).|
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