The Broward County Water Preserve Areas (WPA) is part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). When completed, the project will reduce water loss from the central Everglades. The project is designed to perform two primary functions: reduce seepage loss from Water Conservation Area (WCA) 3A/3B to the C-11 and C-9 basins; and capture, store and distribute surface water runoff from the western C-11 basin that has been discharged into WCA 3A/3B.
The project consists of three components that were recommended as part of CERP:
- C-11 Impoundment
- C-9 Impoundment
- Water Conservation Area (WCA) 3A/3B Seepage Management
Three components make up the Broward County WPA: two above-ground impoundments and a wetland buffer strip. These components will provide various functions, including reducing seepage from WCA 3, reducing phosphorous loading to WCA 3A, capturing water lost to tide, and providing conveyance features for urban and natural system water deliveries. These functions will be achieved by separating stormwater from seepage collected from WCA 3 and diverting stormwater from the Western C-11 Basin and the C-9 Basin to the impoundments.