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U.S. Geological Survey Greater Everglades Science Initiative (Place-Based Studies)
Fiscal Year 2004 Project Work Plan
A. GENERAL INFORMATION:
Project Title: Analysis of Historical Water-Quality Data
Project Summary: The project calls for a comprehensive review and analysis of historic water-quality data in Big Cypress National Preserve (BCNP), Everglades National Park (ENP) and other Department of the Interior (DOI) lands in South Florida. The project will provide a basis for an evaluation of how water quality may be affected by the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program (CERP).
Project Objectives and Strategy: The project will provide a review and analysis of historical water quality data in BCNP and ENP and other DOI lands in South Florida. This information will help establish water-quality standards and baseline conditions in the parks, and will help evaluate the potential effects of CERP on water quality . Objectives include: (1) assemble water quality data; (2) review and edit the data and provide a working data base; (3) analyze and evaluate the data and prepare interpretative reports on baseline water-quality conditions and trends in BCNP and ENP in 2003, Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge (LNWR) in 2004, and Biscayne Bay National Park (BBNP) in 2005.
Potential Impacts and Major Products: For Everglades restoration it is essential to know historic baseline water-quality conditions, how water quality may have changed, and what are the current conditions. The project provides information to assess these aspects of water quality, including seasonal and long-term trends, and potential sources of water quality problems in the parks.
Major products include (1) a reviewed and edited data base of water-quality constituents in BCNP, ENP, and LNWR. Completed and made available to NPS and FWS on the SOFIA web site; (2) an interpretative report on water quality for the period of record for BCNP and ENP. A draft report completed, reviewed, and submitted for publication as a USGS Water Resources Report and as a Fact Sheet. Results from the report were presented at the April 2003 GEER conference as a poster and abstract ; (3) a second interpretative report is planned in 2004 that summarizes baseline water-quality conditions in Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge; (4) a third report is planned for water quality in BBNP in 2005.
Collaborators: National Park Service; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Clients: Governmental and private agencies involved in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program (CERP).
B. WORK PLAN
Title of Task 1: Complete and publish "Water Quality in Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve" USGS Water Resources Investigations (WRI) report, a 4 page fact sheet, and a poster that highlights this work.
Task Summary and Objectives: The report summarizes the status and trends of water-quality conditions in BCNP and ENP. Trends for selected constituents are evaluated for the period 1959-2001,and baseline water quality is compared between sites in the two parks for the period 1991-2000.
Work to be undertaken during the proposal year and a description of the methods and procedures: Publication and distribution of WRI report.
Planned Outreach: Fact Sheet.
Title of Task 2: Baseline water quality in Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and Biscayne Bay National Park.
Task Summary and Objectives: Evaluate baseline water-quality conditions at selected index sites in LNWR and BBNP. Summarize water-quality conditions for LNWR and BBNP with a discussion of how CERP might potentially affect water quality in these lands.
Work to be undertaken during the proposal year and a description of the methods and procedures: FY 2004. (1) Evaluate baseline water quality in LNWR. (2) Summarize water-quality conditions in LNWR in an interpretative report and include a discussion of how CERP potentially could impact the water quality. This evaluation will be carried out using water-quality data for the period of record and other sources that evaluate water quality. Based on the analysis, prepare a draft report. (3) Based on consultation with scientists at BBNP, select water-quality index sites in the Park and begin to compile a data base of historical water quality at these sites. (completion of BBNP data base and report planned for FY 2005).
Planned Outreach: Press release; fact sheet.
C. BRIEF DESCRIPTION ON HOW PROJECT TASKS SUPPORT THE DOI AND USGS EVERGLADES RESTORATION SCIENCE PLANS
The project will help establish water-quality standards, baseline conditions, and trends on DOI lands, and will help evaluate the potential water-quality effects of CERP projects on these lands. Specifically the project will address and support the DOI Science Plan for " Specific Water Projects — What is Needed" as follows:
A. Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands. What is needed:
D. Additional Water for the Everglades National Park and Biscayne Bay Reconnaissance Study
H. Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR Internal Canal Structures. What Is Needed
The project also will support the USGS Science Plan under "1B Get the Water Quality Right" by addressing the following Science Objectives (SO) and questions:
SO1. Understand ecosystem structure and processes (physical, chemical and biological).
SO3. Establish ecosystem baselines and variations for restoration targets.
SO4. Monitor ecosystem response to change.
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
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