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RECOVER

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RECOVER (REstoration COordination & VERification) is a multi-agency team of scientists, modelers, planners and resource specialists who organize and apply scientific and technical information in ways that are essential in supporting the objectives of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP).

The RECOVER team conducts scientific and technical evaluations and assessments for improving CERP’s ability to restore, preserve and protect the south Florida ecosystem while providing for the region's other water-related needs. RECOVER applies a system-wide perspective to the planning and implementation of the CERP and communicates and coordinates the results of these evaluations and assessments to managers, decision makers and the public.

 Additional information on RECOVER and RECOVER documents available here.

 

 

Performance Measures

RECOVER Performance Measure for Juvenile Spotted Seatrout available online - February 21, 2017


The Southern Coastal Systems Performance Measure for Juvenile Spotted Seatrout Habitat Quality is now available online. The performance measure was available for public and agency review through January 27, 2017, and has been approved by the multi-agency RECOVER (REstoration, COordination & VERification) team for use in their comprehensive science and monitoring program.

As restoration of the Everglades progresses, it is important to be able to estimate the ecological response to restoration projects and the program as a whole.  Performance measures are tools to allow managers to assess and evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP).

The Southern Coastal Systems Performance Measure for Juvenile Spotted Seatrout Habitat Quality has been developed to evaluate CERP scenarios based on juvenile spotted seatrout habitat quality using habitat suitability indices. This performance measure assesses juvenile spotted seatrout frequency of occurrence, as well as habitat suitability utilizing salinity, temperature, and future seagrass percent cover as habitat parameters. The desired restoration condition for juvenile spotted seatrout is related to natural salinity regimes based on restoration of freshwater flows into Florida Bay.


Draft Lake Okeechobee Littoral Zone Emergent Vegetation Mosaic Performance Measure available for public and agency review - October 27, 2016


The Draft Lake Okeechobee Littoral Zone Emergent Vegetation Mosaic Performance Measure is currently available online for a 10-day public and agency review prior to acceptance by the multi-agency RECOVER (REstoration, COordination & VERification) team. Comments were accepted through November 10, 2016.  

 As restoration of the Everglades progresses, it is important to be able to estimate the ecological response to restoration projects and the program as a whole.  Performance measures are tools to allow managers to assess and evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). The Lake Okeechobee Littoral Zone Emergent Vegetation Mosaic Performance Measure currently available for review has been developed to assess annual emergent vegetation coverage derived from monitoring data. The desired restoration condition for Lake Okeechobee littoral zone emergent vegetation mosaic is related to improvements resulting from hydrologic management and in-lake and watershed restoration projects.


Lake Okeechobee RECOVER Performance Measures available - October 26, 2016

Two final performance measures for Lake Okeechobee are available online.  These performance measures were available for public and agency review through September 1, 2016, prior to final acceptance by the multi-agency RECOVER (REstoration, COordination & VERification) team.

The two Performance Measures are the RECOVER Lake Okeechobee Ecological Indicator Score Performance Measure and the Lake Okeechobee Nearshore Region Submerged Aquatic Vegetation.

As restoration of the Everglades progresses, it is important to be able to estimate the ecological response to restoration projects and the program as a whole.  Performance measures are tools to allow managers to assess and evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). 

The Lake Okeechobee Ecological Indicator Scores Performance Measures has been developed to evaluate CERP scenarios based on ecological indicator performance measures using predictive lake stages and ecological indicator scores.  The Nearshore Region Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Coverage Performance Measure can be used to assess annual summer submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) coverage derived from monitoring data.  The desired restoration condition for Lake Okeechobee ecological indicators and summer SAV areal coverage are related to improvements in the frequency with which lake stages remain within the preferred stage envelope as a result of improvements resulting from hydrologic management and in-lake and watershed restoration projects.

 


Southern Coastal Systems Performance Measure for American Crocodile Growth & Survival available - October 2015


The Southern Coastal Systems Performance Measure for American Crocodile Growth and Survival is currently available online.  The performance measure was available for public and agency review through Aug. 15, 2015, prior to final acceptance by the multi-agency RECOVER (REstoration, COordination & VERification) team.

As restoration of the Everglades progresses, it is important to be able to estimate the ecological response to restoration projects and the program as a whole. Performance measures are tools that allow managers to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP).

Meetings & Info

RECOVER Southern Coastal Systems Regional Team Meeting - March 23, 2016 

This meeting provides a forum for the scientific community to discuss RECOVER restoration science in the southern coastal systems in support of the CERP program.

March 23, 2016 - RECOVER Southern Coastal Systems Regional Team Meeting
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM (ET)
South Florida Water Management District Fort Lauderdale Field Station, 2535 Davie Road, Davie, FL 33317


RECOVER 2nd ANNUAL SCIENCE MEETING - March 1-2, 2016


This meeting provides a forum for the scientific community to discuss RECOVER restoration science in support of the CERP program and foster discussions to improve communication and collaboration with the active CERP projects as well as share new and currently hot topics in South Florida science.

March 1, 2016 - RECOVER 2nd Annual Science Meeting
9 AM - 5 PM (ET)
South Florida Water Management District Headquarters, Building B-1 Auditorium, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406

March 2, 2016 - RECOVER 2nd Annual Science Meeting
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (ET)
South Florida Water Management District Headquarters, Building B-1 Auditorium, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Meeting Documents:


RECOVER LEADERSHIP GROUP (RLG)  MEETING - JULY 7, 2015

The RECOVER Leadership Group (RLG) is responsible for coordinating and integrating the mission areas of RECOVER task teams and ensuring that the overall focus and direction of the implementation process remains consistent with the goals of system-wide restoration.  Members of the public may attend RLG meeting and provide public comment at the end of the meeting.

July 7, 2015 - RECOVER Leadership Group (RLG) Meeting
9:30 AM - 3 PM (ET) Everglades National Park Krome Center, 950 N. Krome Avenue, Homestead, FL 33030

Meeting Documents:


April 6, 2015 - RECOVER Leadership Group  (RLG) Meeting
9 AM - 3 PM (ET)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, South Florida Ecological Services Field Office, 1339 20th St.,  Vero Beach, FL 32960

Meeting Documents:

Project Documents