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Review of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Restructured Upper Mississippi River-Illinois Waterway Feasibility Study: Second Report (2004)

The report finds the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has "made good progress" in broadening its proposed plan for navigation improvements on the Upper Mississippi River-Illinois Waterway system to give greater consideration to ecological restoration. However, the plan still does not provide sufficient economic justification for expanding locks on the rivers because models used to predict demand for barge transportation were flawed. Also, littl... More >>

Does Water Flow Influence Everglades Landscape Patterns? (2003)

The report evaluates a White Paper written by restoration planners in South Florida on the role of water flow in restoration plans. The report concludes that there is strong evidence that the velocity, rate, and spatial distribution of water flow play important roles in maintaining the tree islands and other ecologically important landscape features of the Everglades. More >>

Science and the Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration: An Assessment of the Critical Ecosystems Study Initiative (2003)

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 reachin... More >>

Letter Report on the Review of the Desalination and Water Purification Technology Roadmap (2003)

The letter report reviews the Bureau of Reclamation and Sandia National Laboratories' jointly produced Roadmap, which is intended to serve as a guide for federal agencies and other public and private organizations in their desalination research and technology investment decisions through 2020. The report recommends the continuation of these activities and commends the Bureau of Reclamation and Sandia National Laboratories for providing th... More >>