Published: Oct 27, 2010 9:15 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 27, 2010 6:15 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comment for a draft of a congressionally mandated report on the multibillion-dollar effort to restore Florida's Everglades.

The five-year draft report of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan was released Wednesday for public comment.

It is the second report prepared for Congress and is expected to be submitted by the end of the year. Public comments will be accepted until Nov. 29.

The National Research Council said in a September report the restoration has produced slow progress that is improving but likely to be spread unevenly across the vital wetlands.

The plan was originally estimated to take 30 years and cost about $7.8 billion - a tab that has risen due to rising costs.