Table 2. Chronological list of active Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) projects, their current project life-cycle phase and authority, whether they have an adaptive management plan, and specific adaptive management features. Projects are listed in the order in which they were authorized for construction or when the planning chief’s report was approved for U.S. Congress. More detailed project descriptions are available at

CERP project Current life-cycle phase
(yr authorized;
see Fig. 3)
Adaptive management plan Adaptive management features
Aquifer storage and recovery Pilot projects implemented (2000) No† Testing pilot projects and sensitivity modeling
Indian River Lagoon–South Construction (2007) No
Picayune Strand Construction (2007) No Monitoring and assessment plan with recommendations to use adaptive management
Site 1 impoundment Construction (2007) No
Melaleuca eradication Implementation (2007) No† Adaptive management implementation strategy and some monitoring
C-111 spreader canal Pilot project and Planning Chief’s report (2011), operations‡ No† Design and operational tests, project phasing
Decompartmentalization of Water Conservation Area 3 Pilot project (2011), construction (2013) Yes Decompartmentalization physical model adaptive management field test
Biscayne Bay coastal wetlands Planning Chief’s report (2012), operations‡ Yes Post-construction management options matrix and linked monitoring
Broward County Water Preserve Areas Planning Chief’s report (2012), design‡ Yes Operational options linked to nutrient and ecological monitoring; design improvements
Central Everglades planning project Planning Yes Design tests, project phasing, postconstruction contingency options, and operations linked to monitoring
Note: The 2009 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters policy requiring adaptive management for ecosystem restoration projects was introduced in 2009, and the CERP Adaptive Management Integration Guide was released in 2011.
†Project had some adaptive management features even if it did not have an adaptive management plan.
‡Project has not been authorized Federally, but has been implemented by the state of Florida.