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Project Work Plan

U.S. Geological Survey, Greater Everglades Priority Ecosystems Science (GE PES)

Fiscal Year 2006 Study Work Plan

Study Title: CERP/RECOVER Restoration Technology Transfer: USGS-CERP Liaison with SFWMD (Torres, Best)
Study Start Date: October 1, 2006 Study End Date: Continuing
Web Sites: data available at SOFIA
Location (Subregions, Counties, Park or Refuge): Greater Everglades
Funding Source: USGS Greater Everglades Priority Ecosystems Science (GE PES)
Other Complementary Funding Source(s): USGS Florida Integrated Science Center (FISC)
Funding History: FY06, FY07, FY08, FY09, FY10
Principal Investigator(s): Arturo Torres and G. Ronnie Best
Study Personnel: na
Supporting Organizations: USGS
Associated / Linked Studies: CERP/RECOVER Restoration Technology Transfer: USGS-CERP Liaison with COE (Telis, Best)

Overview & Objective(s): This CERP/RECOVER Restoration Technology Transfer and USGS-CERP Liaison with SFWMD effort entails three tasks as follow:

  • Task 1 - A. USGS CERP participation in PDT and RECOVER meetings; B. Work with DOI, SFWMD and other restoration partners to ensure technology transfer and science synthesis; and C. Provide DOI-specific immediate response for critical information needs.
  • Task 2 - Assist with GE PES coordination.
  • Task 3 - USGS Liaison with SFWMD

Specific Relevance to Major Unanswered Questions and Information Needs Identified: This management and coordination effort supports several of the initiatives listed in the DOI science plan.
Status: Ongoing
Planned Products: See planned products under each task.

Work Plan:
Title of Task 1: A. USGS participation in CERP PDT and RECOVER meetings; B. Work with DOI, SFWMD and other restoration partners to ensure technology transfer and science synthesis; C. Provide DOI-specific immediate response for critical information needs.
Task Funding: USGS Greater Everglades Priority Ecosystems Science (GE PES)
Task Leaders: Arturo Torres
Phone: 813-215-4500
FAX: 813-975-0839
Task Status: (proposed or active): active
Task priority: High
Time Frame for Task: FY06

Work to be undertaken during the proposal year and a description of the methods and procedures:

A. USGS Participation in CERP PDT and RECOVER Meetings

  1. Participates in Everglades restoration work groups and committees in support of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP):
    1. CERP Regional Central and Southern project delivery teams (RPDTs)
    2. CERP Interagency Modeling Center (IMC)
      • Oversees the role of the USGS/JEM Lab at the IMC
      • Represents the USGS and participates in meetings at the IMC
    3. CERP RECOVER Teams and sub teams including
      • Assessment Team
        • Monitoring and Assessment Plan (MAP) Financial Sustainability sub team
        • Implementation team - coordinates USGS PIs initial input on the yearly requests for project ideas (topics forms)
        • MAP Greater Everglades wetlands module group
      • Evaluation Team
        • RECOVER/Projects liaisons sub team
    4. Participates in workshops to integrate science towards specific DOI, CERP &/or RECOVER science needs.

Specific Task Product(s): [List and include expected delivery date(s).]

  1. Shares information on all CERP meetings attended with GE PES and other USGS staff as appropriate.
  2. Coordinates USGS PIs initial input on the yearly requests for project ideas (topics forms). These requests are made at the end of each fiscal year.
  3. Represents the USGS in the CERP Interagency Modeling Center housed in the South Florida Water Management District. Helps coordinate work of the USGS/Joint Ecological Modeling Laboratory (JEM Lab). Ensures technology transfer and science synthesis of USGS studies/products at the IMC. Provides progress activity reports to IMC managers on work/tasks being completed by the USGS/JEM Lab. Participates in IMC meetings including the weekly modeling service requests meetings and IMC board meetings when requested.

B. Work with DOI, SFWMD and other Restoration Partners to Ensure Technology Transfer and Science Synthesis.

  1. Represents the USGS in the SFWMD Biscayne Bay science coordination work group meetings. Will provide technical information to DOI partners managing and conducting work on Biscayne Bay. Ensures technology transfer and science synthesis of USGS studies/products at this Biscayne Bay work group.
  2. Will assist DOI partners in facilitating USGS technical data and information gathered on the Greater Everglades area. Ensures technology transfer and science synthesis of USGS studies/products within the Greater Everglades area.

Specific Task Product(s): [List and include expected delivery date(s).]

  1. Will prepare and update summary listing of USGS completed and current studies in Biscayne Bay. By September 2006, will compile and help post into SOFIA other work being conducted by federal and state partners on Biscayne Bay (request made by Richard Curry - Biscayne Bay National Park).
  2. Assists GE PES coordinator in providing GE PES sponsored products on the Greater Everglades (summary reports, fact sheets, publications, etc.) to DOI partners as these become available.

C. Provide DOI-specific immediate response for critical information needs.

  1. Will participate on DOI science meetings related to the restoration of the south Florida environment. Will assist GE PES coordinator and DOI partners in providing technical information and products within the context of Everglades restoration.
  2. As requested, participates on weekly DOI restoration science meetings. Provides assistance in the preparation of tables (science needs and funding) in support of the DOI restoration science needs coordination effort.

Specific Task Product(s): [List and include expected delivery date(s).]

  1. Provides assistance as requested to DOI managers and partners participating in the weekly DOI restoration science needs meetings.

Title of Task 2: Assist with GE PES coordination.
Task Funding: USGS Greater Everglades Priority Ecosystems Science (GE PES)
Task Leaders: Arturo Torres
Phone: 813-975-8620
FAX: 813-975-0839
Task Status (proposed or active): active
Task priority: High
Time Frame for Task 2: FY06
Work to be undertaken during the proposal year and a description of the methods and procedures:

  1. Coordinates, review, edits, and compiles yearly progress reports (Summary Reports) from principal investigators (PIs).
  2. Coordinates, review, edits, and compiles yearly work plans and project budget tables from principal investigators (PIs).
  3. Provides administrative support to GE PES coordinator (Ronnie Best) including support during the budgeting process, production of Green Book report, meetings with DOI partners.
  4. Participates in DOI Everglades restoration science coordination meetings
  5. Responds and provides follow ups to requests from GE PES PIs and SOFIA staff on all type of project needs (information, coordination, revisions to project budget tables, data, agency contacts, proposal development, etc.)
  6. Review reports from DOI agencies, CERP documents
  7. Represent USGS and GE PES at CERP IMC

Specific Task Product(s): [List and include expected delivery date(s).]

  1. Summary reports for activities conducted in FY06 will be requested from PIs in August 2006 and will be posted into SOFIA by September 30, 2006
  2. Work plans and budget tables will be requested from PIs in September 2006 and reviewed by October 2006.
  3. Entries into the Green Book will be completed by September 2006.
  4. Participates and provides assistance on DOI Everglades restoration science coordination meetings as requested.
  5. Provides follow ups and immediate assistance to GE PES PIs during the preparation of the summary reports and work plans. Provides immediate assistance to SOFIA staff on all type of project needs and requests on (a) summary reports and work plans, (b) coordination with PIs, (c) revisions to projects budget tables, data, metadata, and (d) agency contacts.
  6. Coordinates USGS review comments on the SFWMD annual environmental report.
  7. Represent USGS and GE PES at CERP IMC meetings. Provides assistance to the USGS/JEM Lab consortium by coordinating the interaction of USGS staff (including modelers) with IMC technical staff. Oversees progress and activities of the USGS JEM Lab at IMC.

Title of Task 3: USGS Liaison with SFWMD
Task Funding: USGS Greater Everglades Priority Ecosystems Science (GE PES)
Task Leaders: Arturo Torres
Phone: 813-975-8620
FAX: 813-975-0839
Task Status (proposed or active): active
Task priority: High
Time Frame for Task 3: FY06

Work to be undertaken during the proposal year and a description of the methods and procedures:

  1. Participates in program development meetings. Develops USGS proposals and statements of work
  2. Coordinates USGS/SFWMD annual meetings, quarterly meetings and other meetings related to the Federal-Cooperative program or any other USGS programs
  3. Provides follow ups to requests made by SFWMD staff and USGS staff, including follow up to invoices and billings, status of USGS reports, data requests.
  4. Address and responds to technical and administrative issues between the SFWMD and USGS. Represents coop projects during SFWMD meetings
  5. Participates in project reviews and staff meetings conducted separately or jointly by the USGS and SFWMD
  6. Represents USGS at meetings with SFWMD
  7. Distributes USGS publications (hard copies and electronic links) among SFWMD staff, and CERP staff housed in the SFWMD
  8. Keeps track of progress made, technical issues, deliverable schedules or any problems on all agreements/contracts/projects between the USGS and SFWMD, including projects awarded to USGS contractors.
  9. Reviews draft reports (Fact Sheets, Open-File reports, and Scientific Investigation reports) submitted to SFWMD by USGS.
  10. Coordinates proposals, statement of works, and projects requested by SFWMD staff to USGS.
  11. Coordinates and provides follow ups to USGS projects funded by SFWMD (e.g., USGS DOQ contract, Wading Bird SFR USGS contract with University of Georgia, WQ module to RSM, Biscayne Bay integrated surface/ground water model)
  12. Coordinates annual field trip to Everglades and south Florida by students and professors from the University of South Florida

Specific Task Product(s): [List and include expected delivery date(s).]

  1. During FY06, will coordinate a series of USGS/SFWMD technical exchange meetings. Topics planned during 2006 include, but are not limited to:
    1. Saltwater Intrusion issues
    2. Ecosystem restoration issues
    3. ASR and deep injection issues
    4. Seepage issues
    5. Hydrostratigraphy studies
    6. Lake Okechobee issues
    7. Water supply issues
  2. Will continue coordination of meetings between SFWMD Kissimmee Division staff (Jose Valdez) and USGS (Allen Gellis - Baltimore) in the development of a project on “Geomorphic Monitoring of the Kissimmee River Restoration, South-Central Florida”. If funded, this project will be conducted with staff and resources of the USGS offices in Baltimore and Orlando.
  3. Will represent the USGS on the Biscayne Bay science coordination work group meetings and will coordinate all USGS Biscayne Bay related investigations including the two new studies by: (a) Langevin and Wolfert on the development of Biscayne Bay integrated surface/ground water project (extension of the TIME model into the Biscayne Bay area) and (b) Cunningham on the hydrogeology of Biscayne Bay.



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