Consensus Report

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The report reviews a U.S. Department of the Interior research program, finding that it provides key information to support the restoration of the Florida Everglades and to better assess the impact of hydrologic change on the ecosystem. However, the program needs more funding, better management and broader distribution of its findings. The report suggests that strategic investments in Everglades research will increase the chances of reaching restoration goals while reducing overall costs.

Key Messages

  • Funding is now inadequate to meet the current scientific information needs.
  • Improvements are needed in CESI management.
  • Improvements are needed to enhance synthesis and integration efforts both within the CESI program and more broadly in the South Florida restoration.
  • The CESI program has been an important resource to help address the immense science information needs of the Everglades restoration.