JACKSONVILLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District invites partners, stakeholders, and the public to join us for the release of the Working Draft of the 2023 Update to the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration (SFER) Program Integrated Delivery Schedule (IDS). The 2023 SFER IDS will be released at the Public Engagement Workshop on Sept. 6 and sponsored by the SFER Task Force. The IDS provides the roadmap for sequencing, planning, design, construction and operations of both federal and state projects related to Everglades restoration.
The Task Force Sponsored Public Engagement Workshop on the 2023 Integrated Delivery Schedule (IDS) Update will be held in person with an option to attend virtually on Wednesday, Sept. from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the South Florida Water Management District B-1 Governing Board Auditorium, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida, 33406.
Participants wishing to attend virtually are required to pre-register for the Zoom Webinar at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BNbTirjsR9yUAzUHTqet9g#/registration. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing a secure link to join the webinar.
The IDS Presentations will include:
• IDS purpose and background,
More information about this 2023 Integrated Delivery Schedule (IDS) Update workshop will be available online at: https://www.evergladesrestoration.gov/workshops/september-6-2023-integrated-delivery-schedule-ids-public-engagement-workshopjjgk7
Additional materials will also be available at the link above, including a draft agenda and the working draft of the IDS. The public is encouraged attend in person, or to register for the Zoom webinar or join the live webcast via YouTube for those unable to join the Zoom Webinar at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg5JVTNoUEGSEsEZctgi_4Q/streams.
Interested parties may also want to stay for the Task Force’s Joint Working Group/Science Coordination Group Meeting, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 6, and the Florida’s Coral Reef Coordination Team (FCRCT) Meeting from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 7, also at the South Florida Water Management District in West Palm Beach.
“The purpose of this virtual public engagement is provide partners, stakeholders and the public with an opportunity to learn more about the Working Draft of the 2023 Integrated Delivery Schedule or IDS,” said Dr. Tabitha Elkington, Strategic Program Manager for the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Program. “The IDS reflects the strategy for the continued, historic momentum of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Program. This is a living document that reflects federal and state program and project priorities to give us a clear path forward.”
The Integrated Delivery Schedule (IDS) is a forward-looking snapshot of upcoming design and construction schedules and programmatic costs at a “top” line level for the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration (SFER) Program. It includes foundation projects like the Kissimmee River Restoration and the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) projects. The plan focuses on the “getting the water right.” CERP — the largest aquatic ecosystem restoration effort in the nation, spanning more than 18,000 square miles — is designed to improve the health of more than 2.4 million acres.