JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Dec. 13, 2011) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Jacksonville District is developing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP). Two public meetings have been scheduled to give all interested individuals, groups and agencies an opportunity to comment and ask questions.
The meetings will be held Wednesday, Dec. 14 at the Sheraton Suites Plantation in the Plantation I/II Room, 311 N. University Drive, Plantation, FL 33224; and Thursday, Dec.15 at John Boy Auditorium, 1200 South W.C. Owen Avenue, Clewiston, FL 33440. An open house will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by formal presentations and public comments from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
“Public participation is a key component of the Central Everglades Planning Project,” said Kim Taplin, USACE project supervisor for CEPP. “These meetings will not only provide information, but they will also provide the opportunity for everyone in attendance to have input into the Central Everglades Planning Project.”
The goal of the Central Everglades Planning Project is to deliver within two years a finalized plan, known as a Project Implementation Report, for a suite of restoration projects in the central Everglades to prepare for congressional authorization as part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). USACE is jointly conducting this planning effort with the South Florida Water Management District.
Additional information is available online at www.evergladesplan.org and on the project fact sheet.
Release no. 11-64