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CERP Western Everglades Restoration Project (C)

April 2018


FACT SHEET

COMPREHENSIVE EVERGLADES RESTORATION PLAN
CERP Western Everglades Restoration Project

Construction General (C)

Congressional Districts: 19, 25, 26

1. DESCRIPTION

The Western Everglades Restoration Project is a component of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, which was authorized under the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) 2000.  The study area covers approximately 1,200 square miles. The study aims to improve the quantity, quality, timing and distribution of water in the western Everglades. This project will reestablish sheetflow across the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation and into Big Cypress National Preserve, maintain existing levels of flood protection and ensure that inflows to the North and West Feeder canals meet applicable water quality standards.

2. FUNDING

Estimated Total Cost $71,400,000
Estimated Federal Cost $37,200,000
Allocation thru FY17 $1,164,000
Allocation for FY18 $2,356,000
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 was initiated in August of 2016 under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) new SMART Planning paradigm. The Alternatives Milestone meeting was completed in November 2016. The Project Delivery Team completed initial screening of alternatives and is now modeling a focused array of alternatives and performing quantitative analysis in order to choose a tentatively selected plan (TSP). The Project Delivery Team is scheduled to conduct a TSP Milestone Meeting in March of 2019. The Assistance Secretary of the Army (CW) approved a SMART Planning Waiver Package granting a 10 month scheduled and $3.396 budget extension on in January 2018.

Map of Western Everglades project area.