Inaugural RECOVER Report Card
May 1, 2019
Inaugural RECOVER Report Card Everglades Ecosystem Vulnerable to Further Ecological Degradation
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The REstoration COordination and VERification program (RECOVER), the scientific program of CERP that includes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the South Florida Water Management District, and other Florida state agencies, federal agencies, and tribes, in conjunction with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) has released the first report card on the ecological health of the Everglades.
With a score of 45, out of a possible 100, the report card assesses overall Everglades ecological health as fair for the five-year period 2012-2017. It is important to keep in mind that this time frame does not include the devastating red tide or blue-green algae events that effected the Northern Estuaries and other areas of Florida in the summer of 2018 or a full analysis of the impacts of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017.