Restoration Strategies Science Plan
As part of the Restoration Strategies Regional Water Quality Plan, the South Florida Water Management District will be implementing the Science Plan for the Everglades Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs). More than 35 SFWMD scientists and engineers drafted the Science Plan in coordination with technical representatives from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Everglades National Park and the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.
The Science Plan was developed to identify studies that investigate the critical factors that collectively influence ultralow treatment performance and phosphorus reduction in the STAs. Results from Science Plan studies will be used to inform the design and operation of water quality projects to meet the stringent phosphorus standard for the Everglades. Data and information gathered from the studies will also be incorporated into the development and refinement of the District's modeling tools.
The Science Plan was initially published in June 2013. SFWMD scientists updated the plan in July 2018 based on knowledge gained to date and remaining uncertainties and knowledge gaps. Agency implementation of several research studies is underway, and the Detailed Study Plans for these studies are provided below. Research study updates are reported annually in the South Florida Environmental Report (SFER) and at Long-Term Plan meetings.
Science Plan Links and Related Content
- Restoration Strategies Science Plan – July 2018 Update [PDF]
- Restoration Strategies Science Plan – Detailed Study Plans (September 2014) [PDF]
- Restoration Strategies Science Plan – June 2013 [PDF]
- Restoration Strategies Draft Science Plan Public Comments and SFWMD Responses [PDF]
- 2018 South Florida Environmental Report, Chapter 5C: Restoration Strategies Science Plan Implementation [PDF]
- Restoration Strategies for Clean Water for the Everglades
- Water Quality Improvement