Everglades Restoration Timeline

Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow

The Army Corps approves a temporary/emergency deviation from the newly implemented COP

An extremely “wet” dry season at the end of 2020 — including, in November 2020 rainfall 319% more than normal — precedes the Army Corps’ decision to approve a temporary deviation from the newly approved COP that allowed significant water flows through Cape Sable seaside sparrow habitat in western shark slough to reduce water levels in Water Conservation Area 3A.  High water levels in the 8.5 square mile area (the Las Palmas community) limit the Corps’ authority to flow water into Northeast Shark River Slough, as COP would generally require.