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Adaptive Management for Water Resources Project Planning (2004)

This report reviews the Corps of Engineers' experiences to date with the concept of adaptive management and provides advice on additional and more effective implementation of this planning approach. The adaptive management concept itself is complex and evolving, but might be summarized as learning while doing.The report reviews literature on adaptive management and notes that a range of adaptive management practices present themselves for Corp... More >>

River Basins and Coastal Systems Planning Within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (2004)

The emphasis of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' water resources projects is changing. Projects are moving away from traditional civil works construction and increasing their focus on maintenance, operation, habitat restoration and rehabilitation, and recreation. Today, successful water project planning requires an integrated systems approach capable of balancing all relevant issues and identifying unintended consequences or cumulative effects... More >>

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 >>