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Project Summary Sheet
U.S. Geological Survey, Greater Everglades Science Initiative (Place-Based Studies)
Fiscal Year 2003 Project Summary Report
Project Title: Lake Okeechobee Watershed Project (CERP)
Project Start Date: November 2001 Project End Date: March 2013
Location (Subregions, Counties, Park or Refuge): Lake Okeechobee watershed (Okeechobee, Highlands, Glades counties)
Funding Source: CERP (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
Principal Investigator(s): Molly Wood
Supporting Organizations: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and South Florida Water Management District
Associated / Linked Projects: The greater Lake Okeechobee Watershed Project (a component of CERP)
Overview & Objective(s): The greater Lake Okeechobee Watershed Project (LOWP), one of the components of CERP, has three primary goals: 1) to improve water quality in tributaries and discharges to Lake Okeechobee, 2) to increase storage capacity for watershed runoff and lake water, and 3) to enhance and restore wetlands in the watershed. The LOWP is managed by the USACE and SFWMD under guidance by a Project Delivery Team (PDT), consisting of several state and federal agencies including the USGS, private consultants, and public stakeholders. The PDT recognizes that baseline and long-term water quality and streamflow monitoring and characterization of nutrient loads in the watershed sub-basins are necessary components of the LOWP.
Status: Phase 1 (November 2001-March 2003) was completed with submittal and approval of the Draft Network Design Proposal. Phase 2 started April 1, 2003. Construction of 3 monitoring stations was completed on June 12; construction of remaining 14 stations will commence mid-July. Streamflow monitoring will begin in August.
Recent & Planned Products:
Draft Network Design Proposal for Sub-Basin-Scale Monitoring - submitted July 2002
Quarterly load data reports (after water quality monitoring begins in fall 2003) and project status reports
Relevance to Greater Everglades Restoration Information Needs: This monitoring network will provide a long-term record of streamflow and water quality data and will allow evaluation of multiple restoration activities in the Lake Okeechobee watershed. The establishment and operation of this network provides a foundation for other research opportunities that could be funded outside of CERP, thus adding value to the network without cost to CERP. Additional parameters may be added relatively inexpensively because the primary cost of data collection is already covered within the monitoring network, thus leading to additional scientific research that may improve our understanding of the complex south Florida ecosystem and the effects of the Everglades restoration.
Key Findings: N/A - not yet collecting data
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
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