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Everglades News Highlights

  • DEP AWARDS $3 MILLION FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER STORAGE – 11/18/2014 As South Florida’s ‘rainy season’ comes to a close, state and regional entities are getting a jump on critical projects designed to bolster water storage and treatment options throughout the region to better protect our water resources. Today, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) awarded $3 million to the South Florida Water Management District to fund the Early Start phase of the Caloosahatchee River West Basin Storage Reservoir, which will create up to 11,000 additional acre-feet of water storage in southwest Florida, or the equivalent of 5,500 Olympic-sized swimming pools. This storage can help mitigate the harmful effects of damaging high flows on the Caloosahatchee Estuary.
     
  • WATER STORAGE CAPACITY IN NORTHERN EVERGLADES TO GROW WITH LATEST DEP GRANT – 11/24/2014 The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today a $3 million grant award to the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to support its thriving Dispersed Water Management Program. The program, which creates additional water storage on private and public lands, provides another tool to reduce the amount of water flowing into Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries during high-water conditions. The funds will cover service payments and operations and maintenance costs for the program.
     
  • DEP AWARDS $2.7 MILLION FOR RAINY SEASON RESPONSE AND OPERATIONS – 12/22/2014 The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today a $2.7 million grant award to the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to increase water storage in the region and improve the district’s ability to send water south from Lake Okeechobee. The funds allow the district to use public sites for temporary water storage in the region creating much-needed capacity in anticipation of high-water conditions. In addition, the funding also reimburses the district for extended operations at critical pump stations, which allowed the district to increase storage and expedite the process of sending excess waters from the state’s Water Conservation Areas south to Everglades National Park and, eventually, to tide during the 2014 rainy season.
     
  • GOV. SCOTT ANNOUNCES $5 BILLION OVER 20 YEARS TO RESTORE THE EVERGLADES – 01/27/2015 Today, Governor Rick Scott proposed a dedicated source of revenue that will provide more than $5 billion for Everglades restoration over the next 20 years as part of his 2015-2016 “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” budget. If passed by the Legislature, $150 million will go towards Everglades restoration this year. In addition, Governor Scott’s proposed budget also includes $150 million that will be allocated toward land acquisition and management which will focus in part on protecting land for the Florida panther.
     
  • DEP AWARDS $1 MILLION FOR RESTORATION OF ST. LUCIE AND CALOOSAHATCHEE ESTUARIES – 02/05/2015 The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded two $500,000 grants to re-establish oyster populations and seagrass beds in the Indian River Lagoon’s St. Lucie Estuary on Florida’s east coast and the Caloosahatchee Estuary on the west coast. The grants were awarded to the Florida Oceanographic Society and the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation respectively, allowing these organizations to create restoration and monitoring programs in each of the regions.
     
  • GOV. SCOTT: TAMIAMI TRAIL PROJECT WILL HELP MOVE WATER SOUTH – 03/17/2015 Governor Scott today announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently issued a permit to the Department of Interior’s National Park Service, Everglades National Park, for the construction of 2.6 miles of bridging and road raising along the Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) in Miami-Dade County. The project will deconstruct a section of the Tamiami Trail and replace it with a bridge so that water north of the road may flow into the Everglades, providing needed water to the Everglades National Park. This project will result in enhanced movement of water south from Lake Okeechobee.
     
  • STATE AND LOCAL FUNDS AWARDED TO THE LAKE WORTH LAGOON INITIATIVE – 03/25/2015 State and local governments have committed a combined $4,150,000 to the Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative, an interagency organization that protects Lake Worth Lagoon coastal habitats. With these extra funds, the Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative will expand its restoration of seagrasses, mangroves and oyster reef habitats along with the construction of stormwater control projects. Coastline monitoring will assess the lagoon‘s environmental health, including its water quality, and track the restoration and natural construction projects along the shoreline.
     
  • PICAYUNE STRAND RESTORATION PROJECT CLEARS ANOTHER HURDLE – 05/01/2015 The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has authorized the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to continue the next phase of the Picayune Strand Restoration Project (PSRP), which will restore historic water flow and enhance wetlands in the western Everglades.The PSRP is a project component of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, commonly called CERP. Once completed, the PSRP will reestablish historic water flows, reduce unnatural freshwater inflows, improve the water quality of coastal estuaries and restore ecological connectivity in the area.


  • SOUTHERN CREW RESTORATION PROJECT CLEARS ANOTHER HURDLE – 06/29/2015 The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has authorized the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to continue the next phase of the Southern Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW) Restoration Project. When completed, the project will provide significant benefits to the ecosystem including restoring wetlands and the natural sheetflow of water, improving regional flood protection drainage, increasing water storage and aquifer recharge capability, and reducing the amount of nutrient-rich stormwater reaching the Imperial River and Estero Bay.
     
  • DEP ISSUES PERMIT FOR NEXT PHASE OF KISSIMMEE RIVER RESTORATION PROJECT – 12/08/2015 Today, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued an environmental resource permit to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin one of the last phases of the Kissimmee River Restoration Project. The permit authorizes the Corps to backfill approximately 34,000 linear feet of the C-38 canal to restore the historical flow of the Kissimmee River. The project area is about one-quarter mile north of the U.S. Highway 98 bridge crossing and continues north. When completed, this project phase will restore more than 7,400 acres of the Kissimmee River floodplain.
     
  • PICAYUNE STRAND RESTORATION ADVANCES WITH PERMITTING OF MERRITT PUMP STATION – 12/16/2015 Today, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection authorized the long-term operations at the Merritt Pump Station to the South Florida Water Management District to continue restoration efforts around America’s Everglades. This pump station located in Collier County is a crucial part of the Picayune Strand Restoration Project, a component of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, commonly called CERP.

  • DEP’s Latest Permit Will Increase Protection of the St. Lucie Estuary
    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a permit today for a project designed to help protect the St. Lucie Estuary and Indian River Lagoon from the freshwater flows inundating the region’s waterways. Issued to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the permit authorizes construction of a 3,400-acre above-ground reservoir that will be capable of storing up to 16 billion gallons of water. This increased storage, when coupled with new stormwater treatment options in the region, will help ensure the waters reaching the St. Lucie River and Estuary are cleaner and flowing at a manageable rate. The full project -- called the C-44 Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area (C-44 RSTA) -- is a major milestone for Indian River Lagoon restoration.
     
  • Everglades Restoration Projects Continue with Issuance of New DEP Permit
    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Office of Ecosystem Projects issued a permit to the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) today to construct the L-8 Divide Structure, a key component of Governor Rick Scott's strategies to restore south Florida ecosystems. The L-8 Divide Structure will assist the movement of stormwater into the L-8 Flow Equalization Basin providing much needed water storage and, when necessary, directing water from the L-8 Flow Equalization Basin south to designated stormwater treatment areas.
     
  • DEP Issues Permit for Herbert Hoover Dike Repair
    On Friday, the Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Ecosystem Projects issued a consolidated Environmental Resource Permit, or ERP, to the United States Army Corps of Engineers for the Herbert Hoover Dike (HHD) Repair and Rehabilitation Project (R&R Project). The permit authorizes construction and replacement of Culverts 2, 12A and HP-2 with new water control structures S-278 (C-2), S-274 (C-12A) and S-287 (C-HP-2). In an effort to streamline the regulatory process for the rehabilitation and repair project, the department developed a comprehensive approach that will reduce the timeframe necessary to process future culvert replacement activities associated with the dike. The department estimates this proactive comprehensive approach will save over 1,000 work hours, more than $40,000 in tax payers money and will result in a significant reduction in time needed for future permit authorizations.
     
  • Governor Rick Scott Announces $130 Million Investment in South Florida's Everglades - 01/22/14

    Today, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced a $130 million investment to continue work on restoring the Everglades and South Florida’s ecosystem as part of the “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget.”

    Governor Scott said, “This $130 million investment from the ‘It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget’ will fund critical projects that will improve water quality for families and businesses that rely on these natural treasures. These dollars will go towards improving water quality, mitigating impacts of Lake Okeechobee’s discharges on our estuaries, and diverting more fresh water south to help restore the Everglades.”

  • DEP Issues Permit to Improve Indian River Lagoon Water Quality - 01/07/14
    Today, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued a permit to the South Florida Water Management District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service for the Indian River Lagoon South-Allapattah Ranch Project, authorizing construction of water control features to restore wetlands. The project will restore wetlands by retaining water on the ranch, which is co-owned by the Water Management District and Martin County.
     
  • DEP Issues Everglades Permit for Stormwater Storage and Flow - 11/06/13
    Today, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued a permit to the South Florida Water Management District to construct the L-8 Flow Equalization Basin, a structure designed to store 15 billion gallons of water so that it can be treated and moved south to the Everglades. It is one of three storage components of Governor Rick Scott's Everglades Water Quality Restoration Plan.
     
  • DEP Issues Permit for Major Everglades Restoration Project -07/31/13
    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has issued a permit for the first major construction project as part of Governor Rick Scott's Everglades Water Quality Restoration Plan -- to the South Florida Water Management District authorizing construction, operation and maintenance of the A-1 Flow Equalization Basin, the largest component to be constructed in the historic plan.
     
  • Governor Scott Celebrates $880 Million Plan for Everglades Restoration, Cleaner Water in Florida
    Governor Rick Scott signed into law HB 7065, which provides $32 million, annually, in state funding for the Governor’s $880 million long-term Everglades restoration plan. The $32 million is an historic step forward in restoring America’s Everglades by improving water quality and water flow.
     
  • Governor Scott: Florida Families First Budget Invests to Protect Florida's Natural Resources - 05/20/13
    The Florida Families First investment of $70 million toward Everglades restoration will provide funding for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Program, and the Governor’s water quality plan.
     
  • Snowy Egret - Photo: Joss Nageon De LestangDEP Issues Final Major Picayune Strand Everglades Restoration Permit - 05/03/13
    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has issued a permit to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorizing construction of the third and final pump station for the Picayune Strand Restoration Project -- a major milestone for Everglades restoration.
     
  • Governor Rick Scott Statement on Passage of Historic Everglades Restoration Bill - 05/02/12
    Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. said regarding the passage of HB 7065 related to Everglades restoration, “Today, the Florida Legislature showed its support for Governor Scott’s historic water quality plan for the Everglades, a major step in moving forward with restoration rather than focusing on costly litigation.”
     
  • DEP Secretary Celebrates Completion of Project to Help Restore America's Everglades - 01/11/13
    DEP Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. joined leaders from the South Florida Water Management District, US Army Corps of Engineers and Everglades National Park as well as state and local partners to celebrate the completion of the C-111 Spreader Canal Western Project in south Miami-Dade County. Vinyard participated in the dedication of this project, which will restore freshwater flows to Florida Bay and restore upstream water levels in Eastern Everglades National Park.
     
  • DEP Kicks Off Lake Okeechobee Restoration Plan Development - 02/20/13
    Today, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection took a major step forward in drawing up a detailed restoration plan for Lake Okeechobee and met with key area stakeholders. This restoration plan, called a basin management action plan, or BMAP, will identify additional water quality projects moving forward, funding sources and an implementation schedule necessary to bring the Lake Okeechobee watershed back to health. Completing the Department’s restoration plan will be another step toward achieving the Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Program’s goals, set by the Florida Legislature in 2007.
     
  • Governor Scott and DEP Announce Everglades Restoration Projects Will Move Forward - 09/11/12
    Governor Rick Scott announces that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued final permits and consent orders to the South Florida Water Management District authorizing the operation and maintenance of existing stormwater treatment areas and requiring the construction and operation of treatment area expansions and water storage features as part of the historic plan designed to improve water quality in the Everglades.

 

 

 

 


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Last updated: March 11, 2016