Expert Report

Each report is produced by a committee of experts selected by the Academy to address a particular statement of task and is subject to a rigorous, independent peer review; while the reports represent views of the committee, they also are endorsed by the Academy. Learn more on our expert consensus reports.

Key Messages

  • Clear funding priorities, modifications to the project planning, authorization, and funding process, and strong political leadership are needed to support system-wide restoration and to begin to reverse the decades of decline.
  • Even though the science and engineering that support the restoration program have been of high quality, to date, the CERP has not been effective in halting the decline of the South Florida ecosystem.
  • If the CERP continues on its present course, at its current pace, the system will continue to lose some of its vital parts, and more importantly, the restoration effort will lose the support of the public at large.
  • Instead, the CERP is currently mired in a complex federal planning and approval process, while project costs continue to rise and development threatens to foreclose some restoration options, and funding limitations are likely to add further delays in the years ahead.