CERP Central Everglades Planning Project

April 2022


Central Everglades Planning Project

Construction (C)
Congressional Districts: 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27


The Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) was formulated as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) National Pilot Program for Feasibility Studies. The pilot initiative for the project provided an opportunity to test principles that have been outlined in the USACE Recommendations for Transforming the Current Pre-Authorization Study Process (January 2011) and associated presentation materials. The Water Resource Development Act (WRDA) of 2000 provided authority for the project study in Section 601(b)(1)(A). The Record of Decision and letters transmitting the Final Project Implementation Report / Environmental Impact Statement (PIR/EIS) and the Chief of Engineers Report to Congress for authorization were signed in August 2015.  The project was authorized by Section 1401(4) of WRDA 2016 under P.L. 114322. Under WRDA 2016, the CEPP included the South, North and New Water phases.

The CEPP Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) phase was authorized by Section 1308 of WRDA 2018, Public Law 115-270, and modified by Section 324 of WRDA 2020, Public Law 116-260. The EAA phase is subject to the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Non-Federal Sponsor’s Section 203 Study, dated May 2020, and the report prepared by the Secretary of the Army that is required in Section 1308(b)(1) of WRDA 2018 to address the concerns, recommendations, and conditions identified by the Secretary in the review assessment. WRDA 2020 added the CEPP EAA phase. The CEPP includes EAA, South, North and New Water.

The CEPP project area encompasses the Water Conservation Areas; Everglades National Park (ENP), the Southern Estuaries (Florida Bay and Biscayne Bay), and the Lower East Coast. The project beneficially affects more than 1.5 million acres in the project area, improving the quantity, quality, timing, and distribution of water flows to the central Everglades (Water Conservation Areas and ENP).

The CEPP EAA phase integrates with the CEPP South, North and New Water phases to provide additional water into the central Everglades by including features that will remove barriers to flow within WCA 3 (WCA 3A/3B) and at the northern boundary of ENP. This provides sufficient conveyance, water storage, and treatment capacity south of Lake Okeechobee in the EAA to further reduce regulatory releases of freshwater from Lake Okeechobee to the Northern Estuaries and deliver additional flow to the Greater Everglades. When combined with CEPP New Water, the CEPP phases will add operational flexibility within the current system to move water south more effectively toward ENP.


Estimated Total Cost $5,050,900,000
Estimated Federal Cost $5,050,900,000


a. Regular Civil Works funds:

Allocation thru FY21 $160,780,000
Allocation for FY22 $311,414,000
President’s Budget FY23 $0


b. P.L. 117-58: Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Supplemental:

Total Work Plan $114,000,000
Allocation for FY22 $0



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


The USACE completed the study within the 3 years specified by the USACE SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Risk-informed, Timely) planning guidance. CEPP was authorized for construction in the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act of 2016 and amended in WRDA 2018 and WRDA 2020. The authorized project consists of increments of six CERP components at a total project cost of $6.9 billion. The Chief's Report for authorization of CEPP requires separate Validation Reports for CEPP EAA, CEPP South, CEPP North, and CEPP New Water.

CEPP South

The Validation Report for CEPP South was approved in May 2019. USACE is working with South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to advance the construction of project features in CEPP South. This led to a fully executed Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) for CEPP South on 27 July 2020. The first construction contract for CEPP South, Contract 1 (culverts in L-67C levee), was awarded in September of FY20. CEPP South Contract 2a (S-356E Pump Station) is scheduled for award in FY23.

CEPP North

The Validation Report for CEPP North was initiated in FY21 and is progressing in FY22 with report development and completion. In FY22, designs of CEPP North features are ongoing by the non-federal cost share partner, SFWMD.. The Pre-Partnership Credit Agreement (PPCA) for CEPP North was executed on 27 February 2020.

CEPP New Water: L-31N Seepage Curtain Wall

The Validation Report for the L-31N Seepage Curtain Wall is scheduled to begin scoping by August of FY22.


The EAA Section 1308 report serves as the Validation Report for CEPP EAA and was completed in April 2021. The PPCA for EAA was executed 29 May 2020 and a PPA was executed 29 April 2021. Construction of the A-2 Stormwater Treatment Area and associated Inflow/Outflow and Seepage Canals was initiated by SFWMD in FY21. Design of the A-2 Reservoir Inflow/Outflow and Seepage Canals will be complete in FY21; construction will begin in FY22. Design for a portion of the A-2 Reservoir and Pumping Station will be complete in FY22; construction is expected to begin in FY23. The remaining reservoir components will be awarded in FY23 for construction from FY24 through FY29.


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