August 23, 2019

SFWMD Advances Important Priority Restoration Project, Applies for Permits to Construct  C-139 Flow Equalization Basin
District expediting priority project identified by Gov. Ron DeSantis to restore and protect South Florida's environment and water resources

This image shows the site of the proposed C-139 Flow Equalization Basin. Click on the image to learn more about this and other priority restoration projects being expedited by SFWMD.


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) continues expediting progress on key priority projects identified by Gov. Ron DeSantis to restore and project South Florida's environment and water resources. Today, SFWMD applied for permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Florida Department of Environmental Protection necessary to construct the C-139 Flow Equalization Basin (FEB). 

Implementing Governor Ron DeSantis' "Achieving More Now For Florida's Environment" Executive Order that called on the District  to expedite key environmental restoration projects SFWMD is actively working to accelerate this project to bring the FEB online as quickly as possible.  The permit applications were submitted more than a year ahead of schedule.

The C-139 FEB, an 11,000-acre shallow reservoir, will store local basin runoff from the C-139 Basin and control the flow of that water to the adjacent Stormwater Treatment Area 5/6 (STA 5/6). This will help improve the performance of STA 5/6, removing nutrients from stormwater and improving the quality of the water before it flows south to Everglades National Park and Florida Bay.

The project is part of the Restoration Strategies Plan created in 2012 to complete the restoration of Everglades water quality.

The permit applications filed today ask the state and federal permitting agencies to start review of SFWMD's preliminary designs for the project. In addition to filing the permit application, SFWMD has also been stockpiling soil on the site from another nearby project involving STA 5/6. That soil will be used for the construction of the C-139 FEB.

SFWMD will start construction of the C-139 FEB by January 2021 and expects to complete the project by December 2023.

To read more about all of this and other key environmental restoration projects being expedited by SFWMD, visit sfwmd.gov/AchieveMoreNow.

For more updates on SFWMD's work:
Media Contact: 
Randy Smith |   rrsmith@sfwmd.gov    |  Office: (561)-682-6197 | Cell: 561-389-3386
The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts. Our mission is to  safeguard and restore South Florida's water resources and ecosystems, protect our communities from flooding, and meet the region's water needs while connecting with the public and stakeholders.

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