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The National Park Service (NPS) has recently completed preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the construction and operation of an evapotranspiration (ET) research and monitoring network in Big Cypress National Preserve. We are seeking public comment on the document, which can be viewed at http://parkplanning.nps.gov.
The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), proposes to construct three 50-120 foot towers and two platforms in the Preserve to measure ET. The information obtained would be used for a variety of purposes, including regional and basin modeling efforts and the determination of water budgets. The network would be incorporated into SFWMD’s system of environmental and physical monitoring stations to satisfy mandates for Everglades restoration research, flood control, regulation, and planning. The stations would be located to represent five plant communities and would provide daily estimates of ET in each. The EA analyzes the effects of this alternative in addition to the no-action alternative.
This EA will be on public review for 30 days. Our practice is to make comments, including names, home addresses, home phone numbers, and email addresses of respondents, available for public review. Individual respondents may request that we withhold their names and/or home addresses, etc., but if you wish us to consider withholding this information, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comments. In addition, you must present a rationale for withholding this information. This rationale must demonstrate that disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of privacy. Unsupported assertions will not meet this burden. In the absence of exceptional, documentable circumstances, this information will be released. We will always make submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives of or officials of organizations or businesses, available for public inspection in their entirety.
If you wish to comment on the document, please do so electronically utilizing the form provided on the website. Alternatively, you may submit comments addressed to the Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve, 33100 Tamiami Trail E., Ochopee, Florida 34141-1000.