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Western Everglades Restoration Project

Planning efforts are under way for the Western Everglades Restoration Project (WERP), which aims to improve the quality, quantity, timing and distribution of water needed to restore and reconnect the western Everglades ecosystem.

Preliminary Western Everglades Restoration Project Area Map

Preliminary Western Everglades Restoration Project Area Map (View full-size map)

BACKGROUND

The original Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) project identified to restore and reconnect the western Everglades ecosystem was called the Big Cypress/L-28 Interceptor Modification. The purpose of this project, as defined within the CERP, is to reestablish sheet flow from the West Feeder Canal across the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation and into BCNP, maintain flood protection on Seminole Tribal lands, and ensure that inflows to the North and West Feeder Canals meet applicable water quality standards.

Project features considered under CERP include modification of levees and canals, water control structures, pumps, and stormwater treatment areas with a total storage capacity of 7,600 acre-feet located within and adjacent to the Miccosukee and Seminole Indian Reservations in Collier and Hendry Counties. This CERP component will serve as the starting point for the WERP and will be refined through the planning process.

Info & Meetings


Project Status - April 13, 2018

The project team is in the process of conducting modeling on refined alternatives as part of the plan formulation efforts. It is anticipated that the second round of modeling will be completed this spring. Once modeling is completed, the results will be presented to agency leadership and the project delivery team.


NEPA Comment Response Matrix Available Online - November 28, 2016

The comment response matrix for the Western Everglades Restoration Project is now available online.  The matrix captures all of the comments received during the 45-day public comment period held July 11 - August 24, 2016 and responses.  The public comment period was held in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to solicit input from federal, state, and local agencies; Native American Tribes; and other interested private organizations and members of the public.

 

Project Delivery Team Meetings

Project Delivery Team (PDT) meetings enable federal, state and local agencies and tribal governments to provide their input into the Western Everglades Restoration Project. Members of the public may attend PDT meetings and provide public comment at the end of the meeting.


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The purpose of this WERP PDT meeting was to show model outputs and sub-team responses to the model outputs thus far. We are seeking feedback from the PDT on proposed preliminary "merged alternatives" as described in the last PDT.

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Public Scoping Meetings & Workshops

Working-Group-Sponsored Public Workshop - June 22, 2017

The South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Working Group hosted public workshop for the Western Everglades Restoration Project (WERP) on June 22 in Clewiston.  The Working Group sponsored the public workshop to facilitate public  participation in the WERP planning process. This workshop focused on modeling efforts for WERP, including the approach, strategy, and  available tools. The Task Force provides feedback from workshops to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). 


PUBLIC WORKSHOP - August 23, 2016

A public workshop for the Western Everglades Restoration Project (WERP) was sponsored by the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Working Group to engage the public in an exchange of technical information related to hydrology and land cover in the study area.

10 AM - 4 PM (ET)
John Boy Auditorium, 1200 South W.C. Owen Avenue, Clewiston, Florida 33440


PUBLIC SCOPING MEETING – August 16, 2016

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District hosted a public scoping meeting to discuss and seek input on the Western Everglades Restoration Project. Interested individuals, groups and agencies were encouraged to attend the meeting to provide comments and ask questions.

6:00 PM (ET) - Open House
6:30 PM (ET) - Formal Presentation and Public Comments

John Boy Auditorium, 1200 South W.C. Owen Avenue, Clewiston, Florida 33440

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The Western Everglades Restoration project is a new planning effort aimed at improving the quality, quantity, timing and distribution of water needed to restore and reconnect the western Everglades ecosystem. Comments were accepted on the project through August 24, 2016, by sending comments electronically to:  Western.Everglades@usace.army.mil or mailed to:

 Melissa Nasuti
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District
P.O. Box 4970
Jacksonville, FL 32232-0019

This public meeting was held in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), with the sole purpose of soliciting input on the project as it enters into its preliminary planning stage.  Input received during this meeting was used in the development of the project’s NEPA report. This report will be included as part of the Project Implementation Report that, when completed and approved, will be submitted to Congress for authorization and appropriations.

Points of Contact

Project Manager
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

904-232-1548

Project Manager
South Florida Water Management District

561-682-6324

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