US Army Corps of Engineers
Jacksonville District

CERP Picayune Strand (C)

March 2018


Picayune Strand Restoration

Construction General (C)

Congressional Districts: 19, 25, 26




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.



Estimated Total Cost $635,300,000
Estimated Federal Cost $317,700,000
Allocation thru FY17 $485,704,00
Allocation for FY18 $5,000,000
President’s Budget FY19 $0


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


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 officially transferred and accepted by 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 officially transferred and accepted by SFWMD in January 2018.

The Corps awarded the Miller Pump Station construction contract in September 2013. Miller Pump Station is scheduled for completion in April 2018.

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 is preparing a PPA Amendment to grant SFWMD the authority to receive credit for the Manatee Mitigation Feature. The PPA Amendment is scheduled for execution in summer 2018.

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

Map of Picayune Strand project area.