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Everglades & South Florida Seminole Big Cypress Reservation Plan (C)

March 2018


FACT SHEET

EVERGLADES AND SOUTH FLORIDA ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION
Seminole Big Cypress

Construction General (C)

Congressional Districts: 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27

1. DESCRIPTION

The Seminole Tribe Big Cypress Water Conservation Plan project is located in Hendry County, directly north of the Big Cypress National Preserve (BCNP) and west of Water Conservation Area (WCA) 3A. The Big Cypress Reservation is traversed by the L-28 and L-28I canals and the North and West Feeder Canals; all of these conveyances were constructed as part of the Central and Southern Florida (C&SF) project.

East-side work consists of conveyance canals, which have been designed and constructed by the Seminole Tribe. West-side work consists of several basins, each of which will consist of an irrigation storage cell, water resource area (similar to a stormwater treatment area (STA)), pump stations for transferring water, canals for distribution, and inverted siphons to carry effluent under the West Feeder Canal into the reservation's native range. Water will then flow southward into the BCNP.

Note: This project is one of the nine projects comprising the Everglades and South Florida (E&SF) Ecosystem Restoration Program, also known as Critical Restoration Projects Program.

2. FUNDING

Estimated Total Cost $62,800,000
Estimated Federal Cost $30,000,000
Allocation thru FY17 $29,966,000
Allocation for FY18 $0
President’s Budget FY19 $0

3. SPONSOR

Seminole Tribe of Florida
6300 Stirling Road
Hollywood, Florida 33024

4. STATUS

Seminole Tribe construction of the East Side Conveyance Canal System was completed in July 2003. A contract for construction of the Basin 1 features was awarded in September 2006 and completed in June 2008. Basin 1 was transferred to the sponsor in the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2010 (FY10). The Basin 4 construction was completed in January 2013 and was transferred to the sponsor in July 2013. Basin 2 was completed in September 2016 and transferred to the Seminole Tribe of Florida in April 2017. Efforts are underway to remove Basin 3 from the authorized federal project at the request of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. An Amendment to the Project Cooperation Agreement is being prepared and is scheduled for execution in fall 2018.

 map of Seminole Big Cypress Reservation project area