In 1993 a federal ecosystem restoration Task Force was established through an interagency agreement. The Task Force was created "to coordinate the development of consistent policies, strategies, plans, programs, and priorities for addressing the environmental concerns of the South Florida ecosystem."
The Task Force was later formalized and expanded to include tribal, state, and local governments by the 1996 Water Resources Development Act. The purpose of the expanded Task Force is to facilitate implementation of the South Florida restoration effort. In this capacity it serves as an information clearinghouse and coordinating entity that helps guide the restoration effort, keep it on track, and ensure fiscal accountability.
The passage of the 1996 Water Resources Development Act represents an ambitous milestone in the goal of restoring a sustainable South Florida. The act charged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to develop a comprehensive plan for restoring the hydrology of South Florida (the Central and Southern Florida Project Restudy), and it established a 50% federal cast-share for implementing the plan. The act also authorized the Corps to appropriate $75 million to begn immediate implementation of restoration projects deemed critical for restoring the South Florida ecosystem. The act formally established a South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force with a membership that includes tribal, federal, state, regional, and local governments, and defined the Task Force's mission.
The act specifies that the Task Force shall establish a Florida-based working group (Working Group) which shall include representatives of the agencies and entities represented on the Task Force as well as other governmental entities as appropriate for the purpose of formulating, recommending, coordinating, and implementing the policies, strategies, plans, programs, projects, activities, and priorities of the Task Force.
A Science Coordination Team (SCT) was established by the Working Group to assist both the Working Group and Task Force in meeting their obligations under the Water Resources Development Act of 1996 by ensuring the highest level of communication, coordination, and cooperation in the application of the various scientific disciplines to the ecological and socioeconomic problems of South Florida. The SCT will work under and report to the Working Group. The SCT serves as the senior science advisory group to the Working Group and the Task Force. The SCT is responsible for recommending research plans and priorities; and facilitating the integration, synthesis, and application of the best scientific information (including the Social Sciences) available for the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration effort. (View the "Science Strategy for Sustainable Restoration of the Greater Everglades and Coastal Ecosystems" publication from SCT. You will need Adobe Reader to view this document. If you don't have Adobe Reader, you can download it here.)
Governmental Agencies, Indian Tribes, and Organizations Involved In The Everglades Ecosystem Restoration
(* participating in the Restoration Science Forum)
Department of Commerce (DOC) *
Indian Tribal Councils and Governments
State of Florida
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, Center for Coastal Geology|
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