Dec. 27, 2018

EAA Without Delay
SFWMD Will Usher in the New Year By Surveying Area to Ultimately Increase Capacity of Canals Delivering New Water to Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir Project
'Tis the season to begin geotechnical and aerial/ground surveying work necessary for increasing canal capacity
South Bay, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has begun performing aerial surveying and taking soil samples of the Miami and North New River canals south of Lake Okeechobee. This work will help expedite the design and subsequent construction of what will become the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Storage Reservoir and A-2 Stormwater Treatment Area.
 
Bringing new water to the Everglades means sections of the canals must be expanded. These canals will move water from Lake Okeechobee to the stormwater treatment areas, A-1 Flow Equalization Basin (FEB) and the new EAA Storage Reservoir, once constructed with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE.)
 
"We are moving full speed ahead on this reservoir and all of the associated components that will allow it to dramatically reduce harmful estuary discharges and increase flows of clean water to the Everglades," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Federico Fernandez. "We are working on multiple fronts at the same time to make the reservoir a reality without delay."
 
The aerial, topographic surveying, and geotechnical investigation is being conducted on approximately 20 miles of the Miami Canal and 24 miles of the North New River Canal. The geotechnical investigation will help SFWMD determine how steep the banks of the canals can be designed safely. All of the new data will aid SFWMD in designing canal conveyance improvements for the reservoir project.
 
About the EAA Storage Reservoir
Through an extensive, scientific-based process consisting of modeling and public meetings, SFWMD staff created the plan for the EAA Storage Reservoir. Together with authorized projects and as part of CEPP, the EAA Storage Reservoir will meet restoration goals of new clean water flowing south to the Everglades. It will also reduce the number of damaging discharge events from Lake Okeechobee to the northern estuaries by 63 percent when used in conjunction with authorized projects.
 
Additional flows south to the Everglades that are proposed in the plan will be treated in a new 6,500-acre Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) in combination with existing STAs and FEBs, such as the A-1 FEB, to achieve state water quality standards. The reservoir will store 240,000 acre-feet of water on the site comprised of the District-owned A-2 parcel and lands to the west as identified in Senate Bill 10. The EAA Storage Reservoir will work in conjunction with Restoration Strategies for a total of 350,000 acre-feet of storage south of Lake Okeechobee.
 
To read additional information related to the EAA Storage Reservoir or for modeling data and more information on the previously held meetings, including agendas and presentations, visit www.sfwmd.gov/eaareservoir.
 
For more updates on SFWMD's work:
Media Contact: 
Randy Smith |   rrsmith@sfwmd.gov    |  Cell: (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 protect South Florida's water resources by balancing and improving flood control, water supply, water quality and natural systems.

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