The foundation of the State of Florida's interim phosphorus control program for the Everglades is the Everglades Construction Project (ECP). The ECP encompasses six strategically located constructed wetlands, referred to as Stormwater Treatment Areas. The purpose of this paper
is to summarize the more significant factors that have contributed to the ongoing success of the ECP. The ECP has enjoyed early successes in cost and schedule controls, but most importantly, the treatment areas have exceeded expectations in removing phosphorus. Key factors for this success
include broad-based support of, and continual interaction with, stakeholders and government agencies, effective program and project management, retooling internal business practices at the District, effective peer-review of engineering designs, nurtured partnership with construction contractors,
and continual exchange of information between District scientists and engineers. These are presented as a foundation for successful implementation of future Everglades Restoration programs, and may be applicable in other environmental projects.
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