America’s Everglades: Celebrating Progress every season!

  • C-44 Groundbreaking – November 20, 2015
  • A1 FEB Ribbon Cutting – Winter 2015
  • C-111 South Dade Contract 8 Groundbreaking – January 2016
  • Seepage Barrier Open House – January 2016
  • L-8 FEB Groundbreaking – Spring 2016
  • STA 1 West groundbreaking – Spring 2016
  • Tamiami Trail Bridge – April 2016

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South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Meeting

The November 19, 2015 South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force meeting is scheduled from 1:30 – 5:00 PM in the Governing Board Auditorium at the South Florida Water Management District, Building B-1 located at 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406.

Description and General Purpose of the Meeting:

The South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force (Task Force) was established by Congress in 1996 to ensure consistent strategies among all the partners working towards Everglades restoration.  At such regular meetings of the Task Force, staff and member agencies update matters previously presented to the Task Force, report back on direction issued by the Task Force and brief the Task Force on new or emerging issues relevant to Everglades Restoration.

For more information please visit our page at: www.evergladesrestoration.gov

Corps awards contract for C-111 South Dade project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has awarded one of the three remaining construction contracts for the C-111 South Dade project, an Everglades restoration project in Miami-Dade County, Fla.

The $13.9 million construction contract was awarded to the Polote Corporation from Savannah, Ga., Oct. 29. The contract, known as Contract 8, involves constructing a detention area that will connect the C-111 South Dade project to the Modified Water Deliveries to Everglades National Park (Mod Waters) project.

“The northern detention area is an important piece of infrastructure that is needed to restore conditions in Everglades National Park,” said Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds, Jacksonville District Deputy Commander for South Florida. “It will allow additional water to flow into this vital ecosystem and will also enable us to have more operational flexibility in the southern portion of the system.”

The C-111 South Dade project will restore natural hydrologic conditions in Taylor Slough and the eastern panhandle of Everglades National Park while also preserving the current level of flood protection for agricultural lands in South Dade County. Once completed, the project will work in concert with the infrastructure constructed as part of the Mod Waters project and will create a hydraulic ridge that will help prevent ground water from seeping out of Everglades National Park.  As a result, this will enable additional water flow into Everglades National Park and Florida Bay.

“We are pleased to see that the Army Corps has made their award to begin construction of the C-111 North Detention Area (or Contract 8). This is the last remaining component of the seepage management features that will allow us to begin restoring water flows to Northeast Shark River Slough, while mitigating for adverse flooding concerns,” said Pedro Ramos, Everglades National Park Superintendent. “This marks a new era in water management in the southern Everglades, which is critical to both ecosystem restoration and water sustainability.”

The project is currently 75 percent complete.  Two construction contracts remain for the project and are scheduled to be awarded within the next two years. Construction and operation of the C-111 South Dade Contract 8 components are necessary to maximize restoration objectives of the Mod Waters project.

“This is the vital connection needed to enable portions of the Mod Waters Project and the C-111 South Dade project to operate more efficiently,” said Tom Teets, South Florida Water Management District Director of Everglades Policy and Coordination. “It also represents continued momentum in a year that has seen significant Everglades restoration progress.”

Construction and operation of these components are also necessary to raise the maximum operating limit of the L-29 Canal under Increment 2 of the G-3273 and S-356 Pump Station Field Test. The data collected during this water operations field test will assess how newly-operational project infrastructure integrates with the current water management system, and how to maximize ecological restoration objectives.

The information obtained from the first two increments will be used in the development of the Combined Operating Plan, a comprehensive integrated water management plan for the southern portion of the Everglades ecosystem.  Increment 1 of the field test began Oct. 15 and is planned for approximately two years, with a minimum duration of one year.

Restoring historic water flows to Everglades National Park is a complex endeavor that requires many projects to work in concert. Two of these projects are the Mod Waters and C-111 South Dade projects.  They are part of the Foundation Projects, which the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) builds upon to deliver essential restoration benefits to America’s Everglades.

Additional information on the C-111 South Dade project available at:

http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Environmental/EcosystemRestoration/C111SouthDadeProject.aspx

YOU’RE INVITED! C-44 Reservoir Groundbreaking Ceremony

Please join us as we break ground on the reservoir component of the Indian River Lagoon-South C-44 Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area Project.

Please follow the link below to view your invitation and reply.
https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=265581&k=0067470C7356

If you require any additional information on the event or require special assistance, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Jenn Miller
Public Affairs Specialist
Corporate Communications Office
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District
Phone: (904) 232-1613
Cell:  (904) 322-0846
jennifer.s.miller@usace.army.mil