The Florida DEP has authorized USACE to begin construction on the Canal 111 South Dade and the Modified Water Deliveries to the Everglades National Park projects, which are components of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, commonly called CERP.
“The department is pleased to advance these critical projects that will not only assist in the restoration of the Taylor Slough ecosystem but also maintain flood protection to adjoining communities,” said Drew Bartlett, DEP deputy secretary for ecosystem restoration.
“They will provide water-quality and water-quantity improvements to benefit this important South Florida ecosystem, including Everglades National Park and Florida Bay.”
The C-111 South Dade project will restore the ecosystem in Taylor Slough and the eastern panhandle of Everglades National Park that were affected by the construction of the flood control project in the C-111 basin, while preserving flood protection for adjoining communities.
The MWD project will provide flood mitigation to an existing residential area in the East Everglades called the 8.5 Square Mile Area.
Completion of the construction is anticipated at the end of 2017.