2012 System Status Report Interim Update

The 2012 System Status Report (SSR) Interim Update is the fourth in a series of systemwide reports that aim to provide an accounting of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) Monitoring and Assessment Plan (MAP) program. The goal of the MAP is to document status and trends of the defining attributes and key indicator species of the South Florida ecosystem, as well as address key questions (uncertainties) about achieving ecosystem restoration goals. A comprehensive understanding of the system enables the successful use of adaptive management principles to track and guide restoration activities to ultimately achieve restoration success.

This interim update does not provide a full assessment of the system monitored under the MAP program as the 2009 SSR did. A full assessment will again be provided in the 2014 SSR that is currently being developed. For 2012, progress within the MAP program is reported along with some ecological indicator status updates that revealed new information on restoration status or important technical tool developments.

As with previous SSRs, the updates are provided on a regional level. The four regions (see map below) are Lake Okeechobee , Northern Estuaries, Greater Everglades and Southern Coastal Systems. In addition, program-level updates are also provided.


The System Status Report is a living document and represents RECOVER's conclusions about the status of the system at the point in time the assessment was conducted.