The Everglades Restoration Transition Plan (ERTP) is the operational plan that establishes how federal water control structures are operated in the southern portion of the system to meet the Corps’ responsibilities for flood control and to minimize adverse effects to threatened and endangered species. As part of this plan, certain structures will be operated during certain times of year in order to meet the Corps’ project purposes in a manner that promotes conditions suitable for sparrow nesting in Everglades National Park.
ERTP provides greater flexibility to store and release water in Water Conservation Area -3A, and as a result increases operational flexibility in the system and improves conditions for multiple species inhabiting the area.
Moving more water through Everglades National Park into Florida Bay is part of the overall plan for restoring the Everglades. ERTP helps to improve conditions for the sparrow and other threatened species as restoration work progresses.
Ultimately, the completion of Everglades restoration projects, such as the Modified Water Deliveries and C-111 South Dade projects, will enable operations to be refined further as part of the Combined Operational Plan, which will provide the optimal balance between restoration and operational benefits for the southern Everglades.
- Learn more about ongoing restoration efforts in the southern Everglades ecosystem here.