SFWMD Governing Board Expands Habitat Restoration Work in Martin County
Sept. 22, 2017
West Palm Beach, FL – The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board on Thursday unanimously approved to expand the scope of work for the ongoing Allapattah Ranch Wetland Reserve Project in western Martin County. The project restores wetlands and provides benefits to the St. Lucie Estuary.
SFWMD began construction of the Allapattah Ranch Wetland Reserve Project in 2016 on 16,000 acres of former agricultural land northwest of Indiantown, jointly owned by SFWMD and Martin County. The project restores approximately 4,400 acres of land to its natural wetlands state and installs berms, as well as other water control structures, allowing the land to hold water in shallow natural areas after rain events. This will reduce the amount of runoff flowing into the C-23 Canal and eventually the St. Lucie Estuary.
"Local stormwater runoff from Treasure Coast watersheds are a major contributor of excess nutrients that flow into the St. Lucie Estuary," said SFWMD Governing Board Member Brandon Tucker, a Palm City resident. "This District is behind any project that restores wetlands and slows the flow of local runoff for the benefit of Martin County residents and South Florida's habitat."