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Everglades restoration update takes place Sept. 29

(From U.S. Army Corps)

A working draft of the 2021 Everglades restoration delivery schedule will be available to the public Sept. 29 through a Zoom webinar sponsored by the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration (SFER) task force on behalf of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District. The webinar takes place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Officials said in a release that the purpose of the webinar is to provide partners, stakeholders and the public with an opportunity to learn more about the working draft of the 2021 integrated delivery schedule, or IDS, and to host a listening session.

“The IDS reflects the strategy for the continued, historic momentum of the [SFER] program. This is a living document that synchs up federal and state program and project priorities to give us a clear path forward,” Eva Velez, strategic program manager for the SFER said in a statement.

Officials said the IDS is a forward-looking snapshot of upcoming design and construction schedules and programmatic costs at a topline level for the SFER program. It includes foundation projects like the Kissimmee River Restoration and the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) projects. CERP – the largest aquatic ecosystem restoration effort in the nation, spanning more than 18,000 square miles – is designed to improve the health of more than 2.4 million acres. Preregistration is required. Click here for more.

For those who can’t join on Zoom, officials said there will be a live webcast via YouTube available as well. Officials added that the release of the final 2021 IDS update is scheduled to take place Oct. 28. Additional information is available here.

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