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Stimulus money for the Everglades Projects !

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What's New :

C-111 Canal work begins in Everglades project
Miami Herald : Jan. 27, 2010
Ground breaking tookplace on a $30 million overhaul of a canal C-111 cut across the southern Everglades in the 1960s.This is third Everglades restoration project to begin this year. The C-111 canal has diverted fresh water from Everglades Nat. Park and Florida Bay, raising salt levels to unhealthy levels for coastal marshes, sea grass and fish.

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Picayune Strand restoration is a keystone for the Everglades
Naples Daily News: Jan.12, 2010 -
Restoring Picayune Strand is one of those rare opportunities to put back what humans destroyed and, in doing so, to revive 55,000 acres of wetlands, sloughs and upland habitats. Picayune Strand is the final piece in a conservation puzzle. With its acquisition and pending restoration there will be a continuous network of natural lands in the western Everglades.
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Feds Approve Key Everglades restoration Project
So.Florida SunSentinel: Nov.5, 2009 - Long-stalled Everglades restoration moved forward as the Army Corps of Engineers announced new construction to turn a failed development back to its natural state. The $53 million Picayune Strand project in Collier County becomes the first federally funded project in the state. » Read more - -

Everglades to get water relief from $81 mln bridge

Reutersl: Sep. 29, 2009:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded an $81 million contract to build a road bridge that will help restore fresh water flows in Everglades National Park, nourishing its ecosystem. Beginning in November 2009, Kiewit Southern Company of Sunrise, FL. will remove 1 mile of the Tamiami Trail road that crosses the park and blocks natural water flows to the northeastern Everglades - and replace it with the bridge. "Tamiami Trail currently acts as a dam that starves the Park of its lifeblood -- water," said Dan Kimball, superintendent of Everglades NP.
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Tamiami Trail Modifications
Date Added: June, 2009
The purpose of the Tamiami Trial Modifications component is to identify the alterations that would improve water flow into Everglades National Park. An integrated Limited Reevaluation Report and Environmental Assessment (LRR/EA) for Tamiami Trail has been prepared.
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Everglades Restoration gets boost with a new pump station
Date Added: June 3, 2009
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With the 2009 hurricane season only two days away and after weeks of above average rainfall, a new pump station located in southwestern Miami-Dade County successfully began pumping water away from the residential community called the “8.5 Square Mile Area” .... » Read more

Federal stimulus money - -
July 7, 2009
- - is paying for more than roads and bridges during this economic downturn. Ecological projects are part of the mix -- and that bodes well for Florida. Using stimulus dollars to conserve resources that generate millions of tourist dollars also contributes to our food and water supplies and generates jobs .....
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SFWMD project in Hendry County
South Florida Water Management District reservoir project in Hendry County

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Take a tour of the ASR Kissimmee Pilot Project Site


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l Ephemeral Arsenic: 2 Years, 3 Cycles at Kissimmee River ASR Site Show "Natural Attenuation" of Arsenic (by J. Mirecki, Hydrogeologist, US-ACE, Jacksonville FL)
l Utilizing ASR for Cost-Effective Water Resource Management and Ecological Restoration at the SFWMD (by R. Verrastro, Hydrologist, SFWMD, W-Palm Beach, FL)
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Major Everglades Projects :


01 Lake Okeechobee Watershed - Construct two reservoirs and stormwater treatment area, and remove 150 tons of phosphorus.
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Caloosahatchee River (C-43) West Basin Storage Reservoir - 170,000 acre-feet, and water depth will vary from 15 to 25 feet. Constructed on an approximate 10,500-acre parcel in Hendry County, west of LaBelle (see photo left-sidebar down), it will store stormwater runoff from the C-43 basin and reduce excess water flow to the Caloosahatchee Estuary to maintain its salinity and thus ecological balance of fauna and biota.
07 Indian River Lagoon - South:
To improve surface water management in the C-44 basin and the C-23, C-24 and C-25 basins for habitat
improvement in the St. Lucie River Estuary and the Indian River Lagoon. Includes: 4 reservoirs for surface water
storage; 3-4 storm-water treatment areas for water quality improvement by reduction of phosphorous loading, among other pollutants by using plant growth within a Stormwater Treatment Area and other means ; muck removal; artificial habitat construction and natural storage/water quality areas.
08 Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoirs Phase 1
16 Modify Rotenberger Wildlife Management Area Operation Plan - to implement rain-driven operations for this area and to improve the timing and location of water depths within the RWMA. Water deliveries are made to Rotenberger from Stormwater Treatment Area 5.
17 North Palm Beach County - Part 1: Construct structures and other features, and widen a canal. This project includes six separable elements including Pal-Mar and J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area Hydropattern Restoration, L-8 Basin Modifications, C-51 and L-8 Reservoir, Lake Worth Lagoon Restoration, C-17 Backpumping and Treatment, and C-51 Backpumping and Treatment.
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Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands - The project expands and restores the wetlands adjacent to Biscayne Bay, enhancing the ecological health of Biscayne National Park by redistributing excess freshwater runoff from the watershed away from existing canal discharges and into Biscayne Bay through existing coastal wetlands to provide a more natural and historic overland flow.
Includes: Deering Estates Flow-way, Cutler Ridge Wetlands and L-31E Culverts. Phase 1 project features include, pump stations, canal extensions, conveyance canals, spreader canals, levees, culverts and man-made wetlands.

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C-111 Spreader Canal - To reestablish sheet flow and hydrologic connectivity between natural areas in the Southern Glades and Model Lands of South Dade County:
3,200-acre storm water treatment area; enlarging pump station S-332E from 50 cfs to 500 cfs; extending the originally proposed spreader canal to the Model Lands east of Card Sound Road; installing culverts under U.S. Highway 1 and Card Sound Road; backfilling C-111 below C-111N to S-197; removing S-18C and S-197; and backfilling C-110.

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Picayune Strand (Southern Golden Gate Estates) -
Picayune Strand includes 55,000 acres between Alligator Alley and Tamiami Trail in southwest Florida, surrounded by preserves and Everglades National Park.
The federal work, to begin in December'09, involves plugging 13.5 miles of drainage canals, removing 95 miles of roads and building a pump station to redirect water. Levees will be installed for flood protection.
The work, expected to take two years, was awarded to Harry Pepper and Associates of Jacksonville. This is a part of a slower ongoing project.
About $40 million of the current price tag will be covered by federal economic stimulus money, which helped speed up the construction timetable.

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32 Lake Okeechobee Aquifer Storage and Recovery Pilot
Two ASR facilities (Kissimmee River ASR Facility in Okeechobee County and Port Mayaca ASR Facility in St. Lucie County) and cycle test the technology for two consecutive years.
33 C-43 Aquifer Storage and Recovery Pilot - Construct an ASR facility and cycle test the technology for two consecutive years.
34 Hillsboro Aquifer Storage and Recovery Pilot - To identify the most suitable sites for the ASR wells and best configuration of the wells in the Loxahatchee Basin. It will also provide information about the local aquifers and the effects to the stored water.
36 L-30 Seepage Management Pilot - to determine the appropriate technology needed to control levee seepage flow across L-31N canal adjacent to Everglades National Park and provide the appropriate amount of wet season groundwater flow that will minimize potential impacts to the Miami-Dade County's West Wellfield and freshwater flows to Biscayne Bay. Location: just off Tamiami Trail at the edge of town and the Everglades.
38 Acme Basin B Discharge - The project is to provide surface water to Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge that would otherwise be routed through Basin A to C-51 and lost to tide.
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Site 1 Impoundment - to supplement water deliveries to the Hillsboro Canal by capturing and storing excess water currently discharged to the Intracoastal Waterway. These supplemental deliveries will reduce demands on Lake Okeechobee and LNWR. The impoundment pool will also provide groundwater recharge, reduce seepage from adjacent natural areas, and prevent saltwater intrusion. Some measure of flood protection and water quality improvementsmay will also be provided. There will be some canal and water controldstructure relocations, canal conveyance improvements. Aboveground impoundment (13,280 acre-feet storage) is constructed. $ 41.338 million

Broward County Water Preserve Area - at the edge of Water Conservation Area 3A/3B. It is to to improve Everglades water quality. Three project components will enhance the buffer between residential development and protected Everglades wetlands, capturing and diverting stormwater runoff and reducing underground seepage.
It will provide supplemental water supply deliveries and aquifer recharge to urban areas, thus reducing demands on Lake Okeechobee and the Water Conservation Areas.

91 Winsberg Farm Wetlands Restoration - Construct 175 acres of wetlands and the related equipment to irrigate wetlands with reclaimed water.
94 Lakes Park Restoration - Remove exotic species and create flow-way marsh-
95 Melaleuca Eradication and Other Exotic Plants
(everywhere in South Florida & the Keys)            MOUSE over HERE for a PICTURE
$2.886 million
T Tamiami Trail Bridge - a controversial project - finally just approved and started
(October 2009)                       MOUSE over Project Title for scenic PICTURE
  $96 million in Recovery Act funds are in addition to the previously announced $183.4 million in Everglades restoration funds included in the fiscal year 2009 federal budget

Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) - is a highly engineered approach that proposes to use a large number of wells built around Lake Okeechobee, in Palm Beach County, and in the Caloosahatchee basin to store water approximately 1,000 feet below ground; the approach has not yet been tested at the scale proposed.
In-ground reservoirs will store water in quarries created by rock mining.

Conventional surface-water storage
reservoirs, which will be located north of Lake Okeechobee, in the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee basins, in the EAA, and in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties, will provide storage of approximately 1.5 million acre-feet.

Stormwater Treatment Areas
(STAs) are man-made wetlands that treat agricultural runoff water before it enters natural wetlands.

Seepage management approaches will prevent unwanted loss of water from the natural system through levees and groundwater flow; the approaches include adding impermeable barriers to the levees, installing pumps near levees to redirect lost water back into the Everglades, and holding water levels higher in undeveloped areas between the Everglades and the developed lands to the east.

Removing barriers to sheet flow
, including 240 miles of levees and canals, will reestablish shallow sheet flow of water through the Everglades ecosystem.

Rainfall-driven water management
will be created through operational changes in the water delivery schedules to the WCAs and Everglades National Park to mimic more natural patterns of water delivery and flow through the system.

Water reuse and conservation
strategies will build additional water supply in the region; two advanced wastewater treatment plants are proposed for Miami-Dade County in order to clean wastewater to a standard which would allow it to be discharged to wetlands along Biscayne Bay or to recharge the Biscayne aquifer.



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