Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2000

On Dec 11, 2000 the Water Resources Development Act of 2000 (WRDA 2000) was signed into law by the President of the United States. (Public Law No. 106-541, of the 106th Congress) Title VI, Section 601, of the Act, describes authorizations specific to the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. 

President Clinton signing the WRDA Legislation
President Clinton and honored guests at the signing ceremony in the Oval Office

 

The information below provides a general description of each Title VI component. Maps for each component are intended to present general or conceptual information only.

 

WRDA 2000 Provides:

Approval of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) as a framework and guide for modifications to the Central and Southern Florida Project needed to restore the south Florida ecosystem and to provide for the other water-related needs of the region.

Authorization to construct four pilot projects (two additional pilot projects were authorized in WRDA 1999).

Authorization to implement ten initial projects needed to provide, in the short term, system-wide water quality and flow distribution benefits as well as an adaptive assessment and monitoring program subject to conditions.

To expedite implementation, the Secretary of the Army may implement modifications to the C&SF projects (less than $25 million) that were described in the Plan; and will produce substantial benefit to the restoration, preservation and protection of the South Florida ecosystem.

Components of WRDA 2000, specific to Comprehensive Everglades Restoration:

 

Authorization for the remaining components of The Plan to Restore America's Everglades will be sought in future Water Resources Development WRDA's after completion of Project Implementation Reports (PIR).

The CERP design and construction efforts authorized in WRDA 2000 are estimated to cost  $1,375,918,000.   This amount includes funds for required lands and will be cost shared 50% Federal and 50% Non-Federal. 

View or download the WRDA mandated Dispute Resolution Agreement between the Department of the Army, State of Florida and the SFWMD here.

Additional Information about The Plan To Restore America's Everglades:

Central and Southern Florida (C&SF) Comprehensive Review Study - July 1999

Implementation of The Plan
(Feasibility Studies, Pilot Projects, Project Implementation Reports, etc.)

 

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