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Ecosystem Restoration

Great blue heron in Everglades National Park As a result of the engineering performed as early as the 1880s to make south Florida more habitable, the natural flow of water to—and through—the Everglades was severely altered. The construction of roads, canals, and levees created barriers that 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 (SFWMD) is the lead state agency in this effort.

In partnership with SFWMD, the Corps is currently planning, designing, and constructing multiple components of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration (SFER) program, which includes the CERP—the largest ecosystem restoration program in the world.

Progress made in each respective area supports efforts in the others 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 the Florida and Biscayne Bays, and enhance water supply.

For additional background information on Everglades restoration efforts, visit: www.evergladesrestoration.gov/South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Program Overview placemat

DID YOU KNOW?

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.

View the SFER Program Overview placemat to learn more.

 

Project Pages

To the right, you'll find a list of links for individual project pages. At present, not all projects have pages, but you can find archived information at www.evergladesrestoration.gov.

Info & Meetings

Current

Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project

  • August 15, 2018: PDT Meeting Wednesday from 9:00  – 10:30 a.m. via teleconference and Web meeting to discuss the ongoing Draft PIR/EIS agency and public comment period, TSP feature optimization, and the current project schedule.

G-3273 and S-356 Pump Station Field Test

  • August 14, 2018: COP PDT Meeting Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Web meeting and live at John D Campbell Ag Center, Homestead FL

Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project Draft PIR/EIS Public Meetings

  • July 31, 2018, Lee County Mosquito and Hyacinth Control Districts, Lehigh Acres FL
  • August 1, 2018, Indian River State College, Stuart FL
  • August 2, 2018, Indian River State College, Okeechobee FL


Previous

 

 G-3273 and S-356 Pump Station Field Test

  • August 8, 2018: COP PDT Teleconference - 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • June 13, 2018: Project Delivery Team Meeting from 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. via teleconference and Web meeting
  • July 11, 2018: Project Delivery Team Meeting from 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. via teleconference and Web meeting
  • May 15, 2018: Project Delivery Team Meeting May 15 from 9:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. in Boynton Beach
  • April 24, 218: Preliminary modeling data available online for Combined Operational Plan
  • February 21, 2018: The Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Modified Water Deliveries Project Increment 2 Field Test is now available. The FONSI has been signed. (Select Dade County and scroll down to the bottom of the table to find links to project documents. Please note: large files may take several minutes to download.)

Loxahatchee River Watershed Restoration Project

  • May 9,  2018: Project Delivery Team (PDT) Meeting from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Hobe Sound
  • March 20, 2018: Project Delivery Team (PDT) Meeting from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. via teleconference and Web meeting

Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project

  • May 2, 2018: Project Delivery Team (PDT) Meeting from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. via teleconference and Web meeting
  • January 10, 2018: Project Delivery Team (PDT) Meeting from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. via teleconference and Web meeting

Western Everglades Restoration Project

  • February 13, 2018: Project Delivery Team (PDT) Meeting from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. via teleconference and Web meeting
  • November 7, 2017: Project Delivery Team (PDT) Meeting 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. via teleconference and web meeting

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

Ecosystem Restoration Photos

Project Fact Sheets

Roll over the button for a list of links to available project fact sheets.