US Army Corps of Engineers
Jacksonville District Website Website


May 2020


CERP Adaptive Assessment and Monitoring (C)
Construction (C)

Congressional Districts: 9, 10, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27



Congress authorized the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2000. Section 601(h)(3) of WRDA 2000 defines the requirement for Programmatic Regulations. The Programmatic Regulations (§385.11) require monitoring and assessment, as necessary, to assess the effectiveness of the projects and to provide information that will be used for the adaptive management program. The Programmatic Regulations charge the Restoration Coordination and Verification (RECOVER) program with developing and implementing the monitoring and assessment program (MAP). MAP is essential to determining the success of CERP and is an integral component of the CERP Adaptive Management (AM) Program.

The purpose of the Adaptive Assessment and Monitoring (AA&M) Program is to develop and implement an appropriate ecological monitoring program in order to establish pre-restoration environmental conditions and track and define ecological response as restoration progresses. The AA&M program provides the science perspective necessary to prudently ensure projects meet intended objectives and to guide planning and operations in order to maximize benefits to the natural system. The Monitoring and Assessment Plan 2009 (MAP 2009) is the primary tool by which the RECOVER program will assess the performance of the CERP. The scientific and technical information generated from MAP implementation is organized to provide a process for RECOVER to evaluate CERP performance and system responses and to produce assessment reports and System Status Reports describing and interpreting the responses. The overarching goal for implementation of the MAP is to have a single, integrated, monitoring and assessment plan that will be used and supported by all participating agencies and tribal governments as the means of tracking and measuring the performance of the CERP. Updates to the MAP are scheduled to begin in 2020 and be completed in 2021.

The System Status Report (SSR) plays an important role within CERP; it is designed to assess and document progress towards meeting performance measure (PM) targets and interim and long-term goals. On an annual basis, the reports generated by the principal investigators in each of the MAP modules (i.e., Southern Coastal Systems [SCS], Northern Estuaries [NE], Greater Everglades [GE] and Lake Okeechobee [LO]) will be compiled by RECOVER and used to generate a SSR that will address the overall status of the ecosystem relative to system level hypotheses, PMs, and restoration goals. Every five years, this SSR provides the scientific information on the status of the ecosystem’s response to CERP implementation and is integrated into the Report to Congress.


Estimated Total Cost $163,800,000
Estimated Federal Cost $89,400,000
Allocation thru FY19* $83,570,000
Allocation for FY20 $4,000,000
President’s Budget FY21 $5,000,000

*Allocation through FY19 includes ARRA funding of $941,000


South Florida Water Management District 
3301 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, Florida 33406


Implementation of the MAP through contracts will continue through FY 2020 to provide hydrological, water quality, and ecological data for each of the geographic modules (Lake Okeechobee, Northern Estuaries, Greater Everglades and the Southern Coastal Systems) as well as the ecosystem as a whole. Analysis and assessment of the information has been compiled into the 2019 System Status Report similar to those provided in 2009, 2012, and 2014. In addition, a 2019 System Status Report Card was developed to accompany the Report. Monitoring data is being used by RECOVER to develop planning tools, assess interim goals, and make Adaptive Management recommendations to projects during planning, design, construction, and operation.