Report: Everglades Restoration Must Adapt to Future Scenarios
Everglades restoration is making significant progress, but planners now must reassess midcourse to analyze impacts of climate change and sea-level rise on the regional ecosystem, a new report says. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released on Oct. 17 its latest biennial progress report, on the progress of the multibillion-dollar Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, mandated by Congress. Its original planning in 2000 assumed climatic conditions since 1965 would remain the same in the new century. But significant evidence indicates the South Florida climate is changing and sea-level rise is accelerating. The report says agencies do not adequately take these changes into account in project planning and have not systematically analyzed threats to the Everglades program.