Encompassing nearly 4 million acres of historic subtropical wetlands, South Florida is home to the Greater Everglades Ecosystem which flows from the Kissimmee River basin to Lake Okeechobee and down through the central Everglades to the southern coast and Florida Bay. This system of rivers, lakes, wetlands, and estuaries is home to more than 60 threatened and endangered species. In 2000, Congress authorized the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) to restore the Florida ecosystem. The CERP is the largest hydrologic restoration project ever undertaken in the United States.
CES is dedicated to contributing to the restoration of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem by conducting the highest-quality research in areas of wetland ecology and in providing technical expertise to the public, policy-makers, and the scientific community. We are actively engaged with the dissemination of the best science through:
Additionally, CES has well-established synergistic research partnerships and collaborations with many Federal and State agencies, local government, NGOs, and other Universities currently involved in the science of the restoration.