Monday, September 26, 2011

Florida Drastically Reduces Ecosystem Monitoring

The state of Florida and the Corps of Engineers, partners in ecosystem restoration in South Florida, are cutting monitoring programs meant to support this work by 60 percent.  The chief environmental scientist for the South Florida Water Management District says, “We’re losing some of the cause-and-effect science that is so critical to understanding how the system operates.’’  Cuts will eliminate monitoring of submerged aquatic vegetation, circulation, water quality, and key aquatic species in southern coastal areas, like Biscayne Bay and Florida Bay.

This post relates to Topic 6: Management problems to be discussed during the Synthesis Sessions at CERF 2011. 

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