US Army Corps of Engineers
Jacksonville District

CERP Picayune Strand (C)

March 2019

FACT SHEET

COMPREHENSIVE EVERGLADES RESTORATION PLAN
Picayune Strand Restoration (C)

Construction General (C)

Congressional Districts: 19, 25

 

1. DESCRIPTION

Congress authorized the Picayune Strand Restoration Project in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2007 and amended the authorization in the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN) of 2016. The purpose of the project is to restore and enhance the wetlands back to pre-development hydrology.  The project is located in Collier County, south of I-75 and north of U.S. Highway 41 between the Belle Meade Area and the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve. Implementation of the project will improve the water quality of coastal estuaries by moderating the large salinity fluctuations caused by freshwater point discharge of the Faka Union Canal. The project will aid in protecting the City of Naples eastern Golden Gate wellfield by improving groundwater recharge and help replenish the aquifer system. The project includes a combination of pump stations, spreader basins, canal plugs, and road removal.

 

2. FUNDING

Estimated Total Cost $628,100,000
Estimated Federal Cost $392,300,000
Allocation thru FY18 $492,756,000
Allocation for FY19 $2,200,000
President’s Budget FY20 $38,100,000
 

3. SPONSOR

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

 

4. STATUS

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) initiated construction of the Picayune Strand Restoration project with the plugging of the Prairie Canal as part of the SFWMD Expedited Construction Plan. This effort also included the design for Merritt, Faka Union and Miller Pump Stations. The Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) was executed in August 2009.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) awarded the Merritt Pump Station and Road Removal construction contract in October 2009. Merritt Pump Station construction was completed in September 2014 and was transferred to SFWMD in June 2016.

The Corps awarded the Faka Union Pump Station and Road Removal construction contract in November 2010. Construction was completed in January 2016 and the facility was transferred to SFWMD in January 2018.

The Corps awarded the Miller Pump Station construction contract in September 2013. Construction of Miller Pump Station was completed in May 2018 and is scheduled to be transferred in June 2019.

SFWMD constructed the Manatee Mitigation Feature to mitigate for the effect of the project on manatees in the Faka Union Canal. SFWMD completed construction of this feature in April 2016.The Corps has prepared a PPA Amendment to grant SFWMD the authority to receive credit for the Manatee Mitigation Feature. The PPA Amendment is scheduled for execution in June 2019.

In October 2017, SFWMD requested that the Corps take over design and construction of all remaining features of the project, including features that were previously proposed but are not yet included in a PPA. Design efforts are underway for the Southwest Protection Feature (a new perimeter levee) that will ensure that the high water levels expected from the recommended plan will not flood an existing agricultural area.

Road Removal north of the tie-back levee is approximately 75% complete. The Miller Tram and Road Removal west of Miller Canal is under design with anticipated award in August 2019. The Stair Step Canal plugging is also underway with completion scheduled for June 2020.

When the Southwest Protection Feature is constructed, the Miller and Faka Union Canals can be plugged and full hydrologic restoration can be realized.

 

Map of Picayune Strand project area.