SFWMD Activates Faka Union Pumps at Picayune Strand State Forest in Southwest Florida

 

SFWMD Governing Board Member Charlette Roman activates the Faka Union Pumps

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) reached a major milestone for the Picayune Strand Restoration Project in unincorporated Collier County and began using the Faka Union Pump Station for the first time last week. This pump station, coupled with other restoration activities, works to rehydrate drained wetlands in the Picayune Strand State Forest and restore the area's natural sheet flow.

SFWMD Approves Large-Scale Water Quality Improvement Project North of Lake Okeechobee

Constructed wetlands use aquatic plants to remove nutrient pollution from waterways and create wildlife habitat.
 

The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board today unanimously approved the Lower Kissimmee Basin Stormwater Treatment Project, a large-scale water quality improvement project. Located north of Lake Okeechobee, the project will improve the quality of the water flowing into the lake and support ongoing restoration goals for the Lake Okeechobee watershed.

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Major Milestone to Advance EAA Reservoir Project

South Florida Water Management District Approves Final Agreement with U.S. Army Corps, Reservoir Component to Start Construction This Year. 

 

Wellington, Fla. –  Today, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Noah Valenstein and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to announce significant progress on the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir Project. 

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Progress of Old Tamiami Trail Roadbed Removal Project

Miami, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the advancement of an important Everglades restoration project to remove over five miles of roadbed from Old Tamiami Trail. Removing the roadbed improves the volume of water flowing south through the Everglades and supports reducing harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries. 

SFWMD Governing Board Awards Final Contract to Build Wetland Component of the EAA Reservoir Project

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board awarded the final contract needed to build the Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) component of the EAA Reservoir Project. The EAA Reservoir Project reduces harmful discharges to the Northern Estuaries and moves clean water south to the Everglades.

The $175 million contract to create the natural wetland include:

SFWMD Board Celebrates Restoration of 6,700 Acres of Wetlands in Martin County

PALM CITY, Fla. - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board celebrated the completion of the Allapattah Flats Wetland Reserve Project in western Martin County this morning. The SFWMD Governing Board was joined by the Martin County Board of County Commissioners, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, and the public to celebrate 13,000 acres of land conservation, including 6,700 acres of restored wetlands.

SFWMD Takes Another Step Forward to Complete Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir Project

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is taking another step to expedite and complete the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir Project at the direction of Gov. Ron DeSantis. With full funding in place, SFWMD began advertising the final contract today for the Stormwater Treatment Area component of the EAA Reservoir Project that moves clean water from Lake Okeechobee south to the Everglades. Bids are anticipated to be opened in January 2021.