Jacksonville District Header Image



Home > Missions > Environmental > Ecosystem Restoration  > Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation Water Conservation Plan

Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation Water Conservation Plan


The Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation Water Conservation Plan project was authorized in the Water Resources Development Act of 1996 as a critical restoration project. The project will rehydrate wetlands, and improve water quality and water storage capacity on the Seminole Tribe’s Big Cypress Basin Reservation, the Big Cypress National Preserve, and the Everglades Protection Area. The project accommodates the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s water entitlement, supports sustainable agriculture, and contributes to the restoration of the western Everglades ecosystem basin. The project is 50-50 cost-shared with a $60 million total project funding capacity.

Project Benefits

When completed, the project will:

  • Improve 14,000 acres of swamp, hardwood hammocks, cypress sloughs, prairies and pine flatwoods.
  • Provide water quality treatment of agricultural water runoff within the reservation by naturally removing phosphorus and other pollutants that otherwise would be discharged to the Big Cypress Preserve and Everglades Protection Area.
  • Reduce the likelihood of exotic plant infestations on native lands and revive the historic patchwork of wetlands, uplands, and transitional areas.
  • Prevent extended periods of flooding on agricultural lands through a network of constructed water retention areas.
  • Enhance hydroperiods in the Big Cypress Preserve.

Project Features

The project consists of constructing features within three basins on tribal lands that include, in total:

  • 6 irrigation cells that will provide stormwater protection for the adjacent agricultural fields.
  • 4 water resource areas (WRA) that will receive stormwater discharges from the irrigation cells and the non-agricultural areas.
  • 24 pump stations with capacities ranging from 7-256 cubic feet per second.
  • A series of culverts in and along the existing and new canals.

Info & Meetings





Project Status

Completed Work

  • Construction of the east conveyance canal system was completed in July 2003.
  • Basin 1 was completed in July 2008 and transferred to the Seminole Tribe of Florida in 2010.
  • Basin 4 was completed in January 2013 and transferred to the Seminole Tribe of Florida in July 2013.
  • Basin 2 was completed in September 2016 and transferred to the Seminole Tribe of Florida in April 2017.

Ongoing Work

Basin 3 will be removed from the authorized federal project at the request of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. An Amendment to the Project Cooperation Agreement (PCA) is being prepared and is scheduled for execution in summer 2018.

Project Manager
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Project Manager
Seminole Tribe of Florida

954-966-6300 ext. 10632