The Integrated Delivery Schedule (IDS) is a forward-looking snapshot of upcoming design and construction schedules and programmatic costs at a “top” line level for the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration (SFER) Program. It includes Modified Water Deliveries to Everglades National Park, Critical Projects, Kissimmee River Restoration, non-Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) Central and Southern Flood (C&SF), and CERP projects. The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) focuses on the “getting the water right.” CERP—the largest aquatic ecosystem restoration effort in the nation, spanning over 18,000 square miles—is designed to improve the health of more than 2.4 million acres.
The IDS reflects the sequencing strategy for planning, design, and construction and does not include costs for completed work or land acquisition. The IDS does not require an agency action and is not a decision document. It is a tool that provides information to decision-makers—a living document that is updated as needed to reflect progress and/or program changes. The IDS synchronizes program and project priorities with the State of Florida and achieves the CERP restoration objectives at the earliest practicable time, consistent with funding constraints and the interdependencies between project components. All Everglades restoration-related projects upon which the CERP is dependent—such as the Herbert Hoover Dike, the Modified Water Deliveries to Everglades National Park, Tamiami Trail Next Steps bridging, and the Restoration Strategies projects—are reflected in the IDS schedule, but are not included in the funding scenario. These projects are funded through other program authorities or by other entities. Restoration projects by others are also not included but are considered during planning.
The South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Working Group sponsored a series of public workshops in 2015 to facilitate public participation in the IDS update. The task force provided feedback from these workshops to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District.
At the June 20, 2019, Working Group/Science Coordination Group meeting, the US Army Corps of Engineers requested a workshop on the Integrated Delivery Schedule. The working group voted unanimously to provide the requested support to the Corps and the Chair requested that the task force sponsor the workshop. The task force subsequently approved holding a single workshop on the 2019 IDS update.
The working draft of the IDS was reviewed at Task Force sponsored public workshop on September 19, 2019. The October 2019 update of the IDS (see link below) was presented at the SFER Task Force meeting in Washington, DC, in October of 2019.
Videos of the meetings, a summary of the workshop, and presentations are available to the public at http://www.evergladesrestoration.gov/.
Photo credits: American flag photo by LT COL Todd Polk, USACE. IDS workshop frame grab courtesy SFWMD.