US Army Corps of Engineers
Jacksonville District

South Florida Ecosystem Restoration (SFER) Operations & Maintenance (O&M)

March 2019

FACT SHEET

SOUTH FLORIDA ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION (SFER)
OVERVIEW (O&M)

Operations & Maintenance

Congressional Districts: 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27

 

1. DESCRIPTION

The South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Program stretches from the southern Orlando area southward across the Everglades, the Florida Keys, and the contiguous and near-shore waters of South Florida, and across South Florida from east to west including portions of the drainage areas of the Indian River Lagoon and the Caloosahatchee River, as well as population centers along the southeast and southwest coasts. The project area is defined by the political boundaries of the Southwest Florida Water Management District, and includes all of the Everglades. It encompasses an area of approximately 18,000 square miles, which includes all or part of 18 counties in the southeast part of the State of Florida. Principle areas are the Kissimmee River Basin, Lake Okeechobee, Everglades Agricultural Area, Upper East Coast, Lower East Coast, Big Cypress Basin, Water Conservation Areas, Everglades National Park, Southwest Florida, Florida Bay and the Florida Keys.

The Central & Southern Florida (C&SF) project (includes the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan – CERP) was originally authorized for construction under the Flood Control Act of 1948 subsequent WRDA Authorizations for construction were contained in the Water Resources Development Act 1996 (Public Law 104-303), Section 528 (b)(3); The Water Resources Development Act of 1999, Section 208; WRDA  2007 (Section 6006). Authorization for operation and maintenance was contained in WRDA 2000 (Public Law 106-543), Section 601 (e) (4).

The United States Department of the Interior (DOI) Modified Water Deliveries to Everglades National Park, Florida (MWD) was authorized under Public Law (P.L.) 101-229 of the 1989 Everglades National Park Protection and Expansion Act. P.L. 108-7 was passed in 2003 P.L. 111-8 was passed in March 2009

Everglades & South Florida: Seminole Big Cypress Reservation Water Conservation Plan, part of the Critical Projects Program, Florida authorization for construction was contained in the Water Resources Development Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-303), Section 528 (b)(3); The Water Resources Development Act of 1999, Section 208; WRDA  2007 (Section 6006). Authorization for operation and maintenance was contained in WRDA 2000 (Public Law 106-543), Section 601 (e) (4).

 

2. FUNDING

Carry In for FY19 $364,000   
Allocation for FY19      $6,537,000
President’s Budget FY20 $5,454,000
 

*FY17 Allocations includes $2,832,000 to be carried in and used in FY2018.

 

3. SPONSOR

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

Florida Department of Environmental Protection
2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3570
Tallahassee, Florida 32399

Lee County Board of Commissioners
Post Office Box 398
Ft. Myers, Florida 33902-0398

Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department
Post Office Box 16097
West Palm Beach, Florida 33416-6097

U.S. Department of the Interior
849 C St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20240

 

4. STATUS

PROJECTS

Central & Southern Florida Project: Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) funding for Operations & Maintenance was provided via work plan funding in the amount of $6,901,000.  The FY20 President’s Budget of $5,454,000 will provide no ability for the Federal Government to meet its cost share responsibility for annual water management operation of project features. The budget will be used to meet legal requirements of biological opinions. These limited operations, to meet legal requirements, will occur primarily on Manatee Pass Gates, Modified Water Deliveries to Everglades National Park, and C-111 South Dade projects.

C&SF Programmatic: FY19 funding for Operations & Maintenance in the amount of $1,561,000 includes O&M Management oversight actions and Cooperative Streamgaging efforts.

South Dade County (C-111):  Completed construction includes the following features of the 1994 General Re-evaluation Report (GRR) recommended plan:  Pump Station 332D, C-111 Spoil Mound Removal, Taylor Slough Bridge, Pump Station 332B and west detention area, and Pump Station 332C, north detention area, and southern detention area, the S-331 Command and Control Facility and the full size retention/detention area, which includes extension of the S-332D tieback levee; extension of the L-31W tieback levee; removal of S-332B west southern levee; removal of the northern and southern S-332C detention area levees; removal of the east and west connector levees; the north and south connector levees and S-332DX1. FY19Operations & Maintenance in the amount of $2,249,000 includes operation and maintenance work needed to meet biological opinion requirements associated with the Cape Sable seaside sparrow and minimal funding to cost share pump station O&M.

Manatee Pass Gates: Improvements to 20 vertical gate structures were completed consistent with the PCA signed in 5 Jan 2001. Four of six gate structures have been completed consistent with the PCA signed in 13 Jan 2005. Construction improvements to S-193 sector gate, and S-79 sector gate were completed in FY09. Installation of St. Lucie Lock, S-80, and sensor cartridges were completed in FY09 as well. FY19 Operations & Maintenance in the amount of $550,000 includes operation and maintenance work on the completed federally owned and operated manatee protection systems.

Modified Water Deliveries to Everglades National Park: 

Conveyance and Seepage Control Features

The following conveyance and seepage control features as outlined in the 1992 GDM (approved 1993) were completed or constructed:

  • Spillway structures S-355A and B in the L-29 Levee
  • S-333 modifications<
  • Tigertail Camp raised
  • Pump Station S-356 between L-31N Canal and L-29 Canal
  • Degradation of the L-67 Extension Canal and Levee (4 of 9 miles degraded)
  • S-331 Command and Control (complete – added telemetry & remote control of conveyance features)

With these features constructed, water will be delivered from WCA-3A to the L-29 canal, and then under Tamiami Trail (U.S. Highway 41) to Shark River Slough.

FY19 Operations & Maintenance in the amount of $2,541,000 includes operations and maintenance of features to meet legal requirements of biological opinions.