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Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands Project

Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands Project

The Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands Phase I Project is a component of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ largest ecosystem restoration program, conducted in partnership with the South Florida Water Management District.

The completed project will improve the ecology of Biscayne Bay, including the freshwater wetlands, tidal creeks and near-shore habitat by rehydrating coastal wetlands and reducing abrupt freshwater discharges to Biscayne Bay that are physiologically stressful to fish and benthic invertebrates in the bay near canal outlets.

 

The project will also essential benefits during the dry season by:

  • Redistributing freshwater into coastal wetlands, creeks, and impoundments when watershed runoff is insufficient to prevent hypersaline conditions in Biscayne Bay;
  • Improving the habitat for 21 federally-listed threatened or endangered species, including the West Indian Manatee, Florida Panther and the American Crocodile; and
  • Creating conditions conducive for the reestablishment of oyster reef communities and productive nursery habitat along the shoreline.

 

 

Project Information

Current Status

In advance of congressional authorization, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) expedited construction of Phase 1 of the project. The SFWMD completed construction of the Deering Estate Flow-way and portions of the L-31E Flow-way in fall 2012 and is operating these components of the project.

Construction of the remaining contracts will redistribute available surface water from the existing canal network to wetlands located east and west of the L-31E Levee through a spreader canal system. 


Corps completes contract for Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands Project - July 11, 2017

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District completed a construction contract laying the groundwork to reestablish freshwater flow to Biscayne Bay as part of ongoing efforts to restore America’s Everglades.

The Corps completed construction on the L-31E Flow-way Culverts S-712A and S-712B on June 29, 2017, two weeks ahead of schedule. The nearly $780,000 construction contract was awarded in September 2016 to Sweat, LLC from Orange Park, Florida. Construction of the culverts will allow water to flow from the L-31E Canal to adjacent wetlands as part of the Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands Phase I Project in Miami-Dade County.

 


Corps awards contract for Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands Project - September 30, 2016

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has awarded a construction contract that will help to restore critical water flow to Biscayne Bay as part of its ongoing efforts to restore America’s Everglades.

The Corps awarded the construction contract for the L-31E Flow Way Culverts 712A and 712B to Sweat, LLC from Orange Park, Florida on Wednesday (Sept. 28) for $777,572.  The work involves construction of culverts that will allow water to flow from the canal to adjacent wetlands as part of the Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands Project in Miami-Dade County. 

Project Manager
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

904-232-1784

Project Manager
South Florida Water Management District

561-682-6483