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Ecosystem Restoration

everglades photos As a result of the engineering performed as early as the 1880s to make south Florida more inhabitable, the natural flow of water to, and through, the Everglades was severely altered.The construction of roads, canals and levees created barriers that now interrupt the natural flow of water that’s necessary for the Everglades to survive.

  • Upon Congressional authorization of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) in 2000, the federal government and the state of Florida entered into a programmatic 50/50 partnership to restore, protect and preserve water resources in central and southern Florida, including the Everglades. The Corps is the lead federal agency and the South Florida Water Management District is the lead state agency in this effort.

    In partnership with the South Florida Water Management District, the Corps is currently planning, designing, and constructing multiple components of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration (SFER) program, which includes the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program (CERP) -- the largest ecosystem restoration program in the world.

    Progress being made in each respective area builds off each other to deliver essential benefits.  Every incremental success complements the overall efforts to restore this National Treasure. These efforts will ultimately improve 2.4 million acres of south Florida’s ecosystem (including Everglades National Park), reduce high-volume discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the estuaries, improve water deliveries to Florida and Biscayne bays, and enhance water supply.

For additional background information on Everglades restoration efforts, visit: www.evergladesrestoration.gov/ 


Through congressional appropriations, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has invested $2.4 billion to date into the South Florida

Ecosystem Restoration program, which includes Central and Southern Florida (C&SF) and CERP projects.


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What's New

Picayune Strand Restoration Project

Western Everglades Restoration Project

G-3273 & S-356 Pump Station Field Test

Lake Okeechobee Watershed Project

Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands Project

Decomp Physical Model

Loxahatchee River Watershed Restoration Project

Kissimmee River Restoration Project

Central Everglades Planning Project

STAY INFORMED! To receive e-notices on the latest Everglades restoration news from the Corps, send your request to: jennifer.s.miller@usace.army.mil

Ecosysystem Restoration Photos