CERP Biscayne Bay SEER (C)

May 2023

FACT SHEET

COMPREHENSIVE EVERGLADES RESTORATION PLAN
Biscayne Bay and Southeastern Everglades Ecosystem Restoration

Construction (C)
Congressional Districts: 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

 

1. DESCRIPTION

The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2000, Section 601 (b)(1)(A), authorized the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) as the framework for restoration of the South Florida ecosystem. The Biscayne Bay and Southeastern Everglades Ecosystem Restoration project (BBSEER) will provide substantial amounts of freshwater to improve the quantity, timing, and distribution of freshwater in the wetlands of Biscayne Bay and its nearshore estuaries as well as Barnes Sound, Card Sound, and Manatee Bay. We expect delivery of water to the terrestrial wetlands of the Model Lands and Southern Glades and Eastern Panhandle of Everglades National Park to improve habitat quality in approximately 120,000 acres throughout these locations.

2. FUNDING

Estimated Total Cost $9,650,000
Estimated Federal Cost $5,000,000

 

a. Regular Civil Works funds:

Allocation thru FY22 $2,790,000
Allocation for FY23 $211,000
President’s Budget FY24 $0

 

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

Total Work Plan $2,500,000
Allocation thru FY22 $2,500,000
Allocation for FY23 $0

 

3. SPONSOR

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

4. STATUS

In March 2021 the team met the first of three study milestones for the development of project objectives, initial array of alternatives, and the initiation of formal environmental consultation. The team is using approved quantitative tools to evaluate alternatives, identify the tentatively selected plan, and ensure flood protection and water supply levels of service are maintained while assessing ecosystem benefits relative to the impacts of sea level change.

map of BBSEER project area