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N-EWN Seminar: Engineering With Nature within the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP)


The Network for Engineering With Nature® (EWN) invites you to the N-EWN Knowledge Series: A Continuing Education Series about Engineering with Nature—Engineering With Nature within the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), with Gina Ralph, PhD, USACE Jacksonville District. This 1-hour Zoom webinar took place November 16, 2023 at 12:30pm ET.

The Everglades ecosystem has been altered from over 140 years of highly effective efforts to drain water from the land. As a result, the remaining Everglades ecosystem no longer exhibits the structure, function, or diversity that historically defined the pre-drainage system. The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), authorized by Congress in 2000, restores, preserves, and protects the south Florida ecosystem while providing for other water-related needs including water supply and flood protection. CERP focuses on quantity, quality, timing, and distribution of water flow, given modern constraints, to recover critical ecological functions that characterized the historical Everglades and other portions of the south Florida landscape.  This presentation will highlight examples of how south Florida ecosystem restoration projects like CERP, and the Kissimmee River Restoration Project, embody the principles of engineering with nature restoring hydrology through removal of more than 240 miles of internal levees and canals, improving the health of over 2.4 million acres by allowing water to flow nearly unobstructed throughout the south Florida ecosystem.

For previously recorded seminars, please visit the N-EWN Seminars page.

Point of Contact

Chief, Science Integration Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District


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