The Everglades is imbedded in a human-dominated landscape that is constantly changing in response to local and global environmental manipulations. Working with an inter-governmental task force, FCE has helped create a reporting system linking the causes and consequences of these dynamics and communicating the results in a transparent format accessible to a wide audience. This reporting system has been used in bi-annual reports to the U.S. Congress by the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force (http://www.sfrestore.org/) to assess progress in ecosystem restoration. The "stoplight" reporting system allows us to communicate our science to other scientists and policy makers through a multi-layered reporting tool that extracts management signals from long-term datasets. The reporting system includes 11 indicator types that address diverse spatial and ecological dimensions of the Everglades restoration initiative. Three of the indicators, periphyton-epiphyton, fish and macroinvertebrates, and Florida algal blooms, are closely linked to FCE core research topics and long-term data gathering. FCE scientists collaborated with the Federal Task Force on Everglades Restoration, National Park Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and other universities to develop this communication tool.