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CERP Loxahatchee River Watershed Restoration Project (C)

March 2018

FACT SHEET

COMPREHENSIVE EVERGLADES RESTORATION PLAN
Loxahatchee River Watershed Restoration Project

Construction General (C)

Congressional Districts: 9, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22,23, 24, 25 

 

1. DESCRIPTION

The Loxahatchee River Watershed Restoration Project (LRWRP), formerly known as the North Palm Beach County–Part 1 feasibility study, was authorized by Section 601(b)(1)(A) of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) 2000. The project includes approximately 753 square miles located in central and northern Palm Beach County. The watershed is home to 83 state and federally listed plants and animals (33 federally threatened and endangered species; 20 federally protected migratory bird species; and an additional 30 state species of concern). The Loxahatchee River ecosystem represents one of several unique and endangered sloughs once connected to the Greater Everglades ecosystem and having the same unique ridge and slough landscape and tree islands characteristics and unique mix of species that supported designating the Everglades as a World Heritage Site. It includes one of two federally designated National Wild and Scenic Rivers. The Loxahatchee Slough is the last remaining riverine cypress area in Southeast Florida.

2. FUNDING

Estimated Total Cost $751,500,000
Estimated Federal Cost $390,700,000
Allocation thru FY17 $20,226,000
Allocation for FY18 $515,000
President’s Budget FY19 $0

3. SPONSOR

South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD)
3301 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, Florida 33406

4. STATUS

The Project Development Team (PDT) received approval in December 2015 to proceed with preparation of a Project Implementation Report (PIR) under the requirements of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) SMART planning process. PIR efforts started in January 2015 and, due to delays in completion of modeling, the PIR is now scheduled for completion by March 2020, subject to approval of an exemption to the 3x3x3 rule requesting additional time and budget. On April 2016, the team received Regional Office and Headquarters approvals to move ahead with five alternative plans.

Map of Loxahatchee River Watershed Restoration project area.