(Restoration Coordination & Verification)
RECOVER (REstoration COordination & VERification) provides essential support to the Comprehensive Everglades RestorationPlan (CERP) in meeting its goals and purposes. RECOVER does this by applying a system-wide perspective to the planning and implementation of the CERP.
RECOVER is a multi-agency team of scientists, modelers, planners and resource specialists who organize and apply scientific and technical information in ways that are most effective in supporting the objectives of CERP. The RECOVER team conducts scientific and technical evaluations and assessments for improving CERP’s ability to restore, preserve and protect the south Florida ecosystem while providing for the region's other water-related needs. RECOVER communicates and coordinates the results of these evaluations and assessments to managers, decision makers and the public.
What's New in RECOVER
2014 System Status Report
The 2014 System Status Report is available online.
5 Jun 2014 | GE Performance Measure for American Alligator
The Greater Everglades Performance Measure for American Alligator Abundance, Body Condition, Hole Occupancy, and Production Suitability used to evaluate regional scenarios for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) has been approved by the RECOVER (Restoration, Coordination & Verification) Council of Chairs.
View the Greater Everglades Performance Measure – American Alligator Abundance, Body Condition, Hole Occupancy, and Production Suitability Index, along with the comment response matrix, at:
12 Aug 2013
Contact Information for the RECOVER Leadership Group Members and the RECOVER Alternates and Council of Chairs and Regional Coordinators
Updated August 2013
RECOVER Mission & Core Values
RECOVER provides essential support to the CERP in meeting its goals and purposes by applying a system-wide and integrative perspective to the planning and implementation of the plan. RECOVER conducts scientific and technical evaluations and assessments for improving CERP's ability to restore, preserve, and protect the south Florida ecosystem while providing for the region's other water-related needs. RECOVER communicates and coordinates the results of these evaluations and assessments. The goal of restoration is the recovery and sustainability of the defining characteristics of the greater Everglades ecosystem.
- RECOVER Mission Statement (64 kb, PDF)
RECOVERs Core Values – How we Perform Our Mission!
- Science-based approach:
Incorporates objective and fact-driven investigations, constructive debate, and peer review.
- Transparency and access:
Offers transparency and universal access to tools and data.
Uses multi-governmental and interdisciplinary collaboration to foster inclusiveness.
- Consensus building:
Uses fair processes and strives to reach consensus on conclusions and proposals.
Meets schedules, maintains professional responsibilities, and efficiently provides quality products for CERP processes and teams.
- Adaptive management:
Seeks continuous improvement in the Plan and its operations by using and building upon existing science and technology
RECOVER News Archive
2009 System Status Report (SSR)
RECOVER’s 2009 System Status Report (SSR) is now available as a web-based report. This approach allows managers, stakeholders and scientists with different degrees of technical expertise and interest to easily explore the SSR at the desired level of detail. Readers can “drill down” from general information all of the way to the very technical annual reports used to compile the SSR. The in-depth assessments were developed using data collected for RECOVER’s Monitoring and Assessment Plan (MAP) program, data from other programs, and historical data. This report is essential to the CERP Adaptive Management Program. Results from this and future SSRs will be used to both track positive responses to CERP actions and identify management actions that may be necessary for CERP to achieve its restoration goals.
May 2012 | SCS Salinity Performance Measure Open for Public Comment
The DRAFT Southern Coastal Systems Salinity Performance Measure - Florida Bay Component was open for public comment. The comment period has ended.
- Technical Report on System-wide Performance of CERP 2015 Band 1 Projects (Band 1 Report)
- Initial CERP Update Report
- Planning Aid Report, Multi Species Conservation under CERP, Part 1 - ICU Feb 2004 & May 2005
- Planning Aid Report, Multi Species Conservation under CERP, Part 1 - ICU Sept 2005
- The Final Scientific Knowledge Gained Document (Aug 2011) (4.5 mb, PDF)
This document should be cited as: RECOVER, 2011. Scientific and Technical Knowledge Gained in Everglades Restoration (1999-2009). Restoration Coordination and Verification, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville, FL, and South Florida Water Management District, West Palm Beach, FL.
- View the 2010 Shared Definition of Everglades Restoration Page (is this the correct page for Scientific Knowledge Gained?)
Archived RECOVER Documents
Benefits Evaluation Analysis Methodology (BEAM)
Total System Performance Measures
RECOVER is organized into a leadership group, an executive committee, a Council of Chairs and interagency, interdisciplinary task teams. The RECOVER Leadership Group presides over a Council of Chairs and Regional Teams that execute work for RECOVER’s integration of planning, evaluation, and assessment activities. Overall management of the RECOVER process is performed by two program managers, one each from the South Florida Water Management District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Monitoring data is coordinated and evaluated on a regional level. The four regions (see map below) are Lake Okeechobee, Northern Estuaries, Greater Everglades and Southern Coastal System.
Links to information presented by region: