Additional Water for Everglades National Park
and Biscayne Bay Reconnaissance Study
The Jacksonville District of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers has initiated a reconnaissance study to investigate the need for, quantity needed, timing and distribution, and impacts and benefits associated with providing additional water to Everglades National Park and Biscayne Bay in association with the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP).
The need for additional water in Everglades National Park and Biscayne Bay was initially identified during the Comprehensive Review Study (Restudy), and is documented in Section 7.7.1 (Scenario D13R4 Description) and Section 7.7.2 (Evaluation of D13R4) of the Central and Southern Florida Project Comprehensive Review Study’s Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (April 1999).
The Water Resources Development Act of 2000 requires that a feasibility study must be completed prior to implementing any project designed to deliver the additional water identified during the Restudy to Everglades National Park and Biscayne Bay. Reconnaissance is the first phase of a feasibility study.
The purpose of reconnaissance is to describe the scope of and issues associated with the project being investigated, define the Federal interest, and identify a non-Federal sponsor. The reconnaissance study was initiated in December 2001 and the final report was completed in 2003 (see below).
5 Jun 2003 - Final Reconnaissance Study Report
US Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has prepared a final reconnaissance study (Section 905b) report investigating the need for, quantity needed, timing and distribution of, and impacts and benefits associated with providing additional water to Everglades National Park and Biscayne Bay in addition to the amount that will be provided upon implementation of the CERP.
The reconnaissance study confirmed that Federal participation is warranted to proceed to a feasibility-level study; however, a non-Federal sponsor for the feasibility phase has not yet been identified. The report also recommends deferral of the feasibility phase until completion of the technical documentation report to be prepared for the Initial CERP Update project currently underway by RECOVER.