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Everglades Wetland Restoration Studies, with a focus on Southwest Florida
Kristen Hart, Frank J. Mazzotti, Laura A. Brandt, Kenneth G. Rice
Project Start Date: 2003 End Date: 2010
Recent Funding: (FY10) USGS GE PES, (FY09) USGS GE PES, (FY08) USGS GE PES, (FY07) USGS GE PES, (FY06) USGS GE PES, (FY05) USGS GE PES, (FY04) USGS GE PES, (FY03) USGS GE PES
|The objectives of this project are to develop and apply forecasting models to evaluate the impacts of CERP projects on ecological attributes selected from the conceptual models as part of the SWFFS.
Models for the Eastern Oyster, Blue Crab, Sea Trout,
Sea Grasses (Halodule and Thalassia)
, and a Freshwater Submerged Grass (Vallisneria)
have been completed and are being used for alternative selection. The
Eastern Oyster, Blue Crab, and Sea Trout models have been submitted to and
approved by the IMS. A modeling and habitat evaluation application to aid
decision support has been completed. Inland models have been coded and tested
with surrogate hydrological data. Four models have been produced: wading birds (ibis and wood stork), amphibian communities,
aquatic fauna communities, and large mammal connectivity and roadkill risk. Additional hydrologic input for inland alternative
runs of the ecological models will be supplied by the SFWMD. The project continues to implementing coastal evaluation models as alternative scenarios are presented. The inland modeling tools continue to be refined and expanded. Coastal models will be continue to be modified and implemented.