FLORIDA ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION TASK FORCE
Keys Project Coordination Team - PCT 6
BACKGROUND: Sub-region #6 includes all of the Florida Keys, an
Area of Critical State Concern, and adjacent waters, roughly equivalent to the boundaries
of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the eastern half of Biscayne National
Park. This area includes the coral reef tract from Dry Tortugas to Biscayne National Parks
on the ocean side and the waters of Card Sound, Barnes Sound, and most southern waters of
Numerous human impacts threaten the ecological system of the Florida Keys, including:
the continuing loss of upland and shoreline habitat from ongoing development; water
quality degradation from numerous potential sources (both local and external); and
physical impacts to coral reefs and seagrass habitat stemming from a continuing rise in
visitation and related water-borne activities including boating, diving/snorkeling, and
fishing. Probably the single most serious of these problems is degraded water quality.
Although the sources of this degradation are not completely understood, local wastewater
treatment and influences from upstream sources including Florida Bay, and associated land
use and water management practices throughout the Everglades system all contribute to the
water quality decline in the Florida Keys. Human impacts on upland vegetation and habitats
include extensive presence of exotic plant and animal species.
A number of projects related to ecosystem restoration and sustainability in the Florida
Keys are included in the Integrated Financial Plan. Representative projects include the
FKNMS Water Quality Protection Plan, Florida Keys Carrying Capacity Study, the Wastewater
Master Plan, removal of exotic terrestrial species, land acquisition, and ecological
restoration. The success of these projects, along with a number of other programs and
projects relevant to sustaining a healthy Florida Keys ecosystem will be dependent upon
interagency cooperation and integration, and obtaining adequate funding. In addition,
these restoration efforts are crucial for maintaining a sustainable economy in the Keys,
as the local economy is fully dependent upon a healthy environment.
PURPOSE: The team will coordinate the development of plans, programs,
projects and activities that address the restoration, preservation and protection of the
Florida Keys ecosystem while promoting a sustainable region. It will serve as a forum for
discussion of issues pertinent to the restoration of the ecosystem. It will also serve a
separate role, as described in the Final Management Plan of the Florida Keys National
Marine Sanctuary, as the Interagency Group which will implement an integrated, continuous
management process and coordinate agency activities related to the protection of local
Dick Frost, NPS, Co-Chair
Paul Moen, FKNMS, Co-Chair
Bill Kruczynski, EPA
Barry Stieglitz, USFWS
Jim Bohnsach, NOAA/NMFS
Ted Pruett, COE
Christine Coffin, USDA
Lisa Hogan, US DOJ
Dave Thatcher, SFWMD
Rick Alleman, SFWMD
Barbara Bernier-Culhane, FDOT
Pat Wells, FPS
Phil Frank, FG&FF
Charles Pattison, DCA
Ty Symroski, DCA
George Garrett, Monroe County
Teresa Tinker, Governor's Office
Estes Whitfield, Governor's Office
Mike Collins, Governor's Commission
George (G.P.) Schmahl, DEP
Allyson Simmons, DEP (Public Affairs representative)
Margaret Miller, NOAA/NMFS (Science Team
Nick Funicelli, USGS/BRO
Billy Causey, NOAA, WG Advisor
DEP representative to be named
Any Working Group member may appoint a representative to the team by notifying Dick
Frost at (305) 230-1144, ext. 3002.
a. The goal of the team is to provide a forum for coordination among agencies and
projects related to ecosystem restoration.
b. The team will focus initially on identifying the appropriate project managers from
various agencies, assembling the information on ongoing projects and developing an initial
course of action.
c. In accordance with the FKNMS Final Management Plan the team will meet at least twice
a year in support of the integrated, continuous management of the Sanctuary and adjacent
d. The team chair will coordinate with the Working Group chair or the Office of the
Executive Director to arrange a briefing at an appropriate Working Group meeting.
e. As issues develop that provide opportunities for the restoration effort, these
issues will be presented to the Working Group for assistance. The presentation of these
issues will normally be included in one of the Working Groups regularly scheduled
f. The team will stay current with and provide input to the preparation of the
g. All team meetings will be open to the public and will include opportunity for public
1. The team will identify, review, and approve project sheets for inclusion in the
Integrated Financial Plan and notify the Working Group.
2. The team will revise and keep updated the Florida Keys section of the most current
edition of the Integrated Financial Plan and present all proposed revisions to the Working
Group in a timely manner.
3. The team will prepare the Florida Keys section of the Annual Report and present it
to the Working Group in a timely manner.
4. The team will provide assistance to the other Working Group teams as needed.
a. The team will include a Science and a Public Affairs member:
The science member will coordinate with the Chair of the Science Team and refer to
current written guidance for instructions and fundamental responsibilities, including
provision of technical support that is needed for the team.
The public affairs member will be responsible for providing public affairs support to
the team, according to existing Working Group procedures, to include: providing adequate
public notice of team meetings, facilitating public comment and preparing a summary of
b. If the team desires to establish an advisory group, the Chair will notify the
Working Group Chair and coordinate with the Office of the Executive Director for
c. The Chair will coordinate with the office of the Executive Director, (Sandy Soto,
(305) 348-1665) to receive additional administrative instructions or to arrange for any
additional support needs for the team.
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