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EVERGLADES ECOSYSTEM ASSESSMENT
Water Management and Quality,
Eutrophication,
Mercury Contamination,
Soils and Habitat

Monitoring for Adaptive Management
A R-EMAP Status Report
EPA 904-R-07-001, August 2007

US-EPA, Region 4

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
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The United States Environmental Protection Agencyís Everglades Ecosystem Assessment Program is a long-term research, monitoring and assessment effort. Its goal is to provide critical, timely, scientific information needed for management decisions on the Everglades ecosystem and its restoration. Since 1993, three phases of marsh sampling and one phase of canal sampling have been conducted throughout the Everglades at over 1000 different locations. The Program is unique to South Florida in that it combines several key aspects of scientific study: a probability-based sampling design, which permits quantitative statements across space about the condition of the ecosystem; a multi-media aspect; and extensive spatial coverage.

This Program:

This report summarizes the results for the Programís 2005 Phase III biogeochemical sampling. This survey documented ecological condition for the 2,063-square-mile freshwater portion of the Everglades Protection Area. As with any assessment of the environment at large, the long-term goal of the Everglades R-EMAP Program is to first describe, then diagnose, and finally to predict the status of ecosystem conditions. The focus of this report is the description of the study area as a whole. Future publications will include examination of various parts of the system individually. Diagnosis and prediction will be the focus of future Program publications.

Key findings:

The Everglades R-EMAP Program has provided monitoring and assessment data for measuring ecosystem health and the effectiveness of Everglades restoration activities from the 1990s into the twenty-first century. As CERP restoration efforts and Everglades phosphorus and mercury control efforts proceed, this probability-based sampling can be repeated to document the condition of the Everglades and the effectiveness of these actions.


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EVERGLADES ECOSYSTEM ASSESSMENT
Water Management and Quality,
Eutrophication,
Mercury Contamination,
Soils and Habitat
EPA 904-R-07-001, August 2007
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