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Title: Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan : Loxahatchee River Watershed Restoration Project : Final Integrated Project Implementation Report and Environmental Impact Statement
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Jacksonville District
Keywords: Restoration ecology
Loxahatchee River Watershed (Fla.)
Environmental protection--Planning
Environmental management--Planning
Publisher: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Jacksonville District.
Abstract: The purpose of the Loxahatchee River Watershed Restoration Project (LRWRP) is to improve the quantity, quality, timing, and distribution of water flows to the Northwest Fork of the Loxahatchee River, a National Wild and Scenic River, and restore hydrologic conditions and connectivity of wetlands and watersheds that form the historic headwaters of the river. The Recommended Plan would restore volume and seasonal timing of flows by using a 9,500 acre-foot reservoir, a 4-well aquifer storage and recovery system, and associated small pump stations, canals, and water control structures in the watershed to capture and store water that is currently discharged away from the Northwest Fork of the Loxahatchee River, and then release the water to the river with a natural seasonal timing. Wet season flows would be 98% and dry season flows would be 91% of the restoration targets, versus 78% and 65% for the future without the project. The Recommended Plan would restore 27,000 acres of disturbed wetlands in the watershed. A former citrus grove will be restored to a flow-through wetland and would capture and moderate the peak pulse discharges from an upstream agricultural area to the river while also providing on-site wetland benefits. The restored wetlands and flows to the river will improve habitat connectivity and function for several threatened and endangered species including but not limited to the Everglade snail kite, wood stork, and Florida manatee. The Recommended Plan would remove drainage pipes and canals that overdrain disturbed wetlands. Replacing fixed water control structures with operational structures will further allow restoration of seasonal levels in the wetlands, while also maintaining levels of flood protection and water supply in the urban and agricultural areas. The LRWRP Recommended Plan was chosen based upon detailed estimates of hydrology across the 41-year period of record (January 1965 – December 2005) generated by the Lower East Coast Subregional Model - North Palm version (LECSR-NP). The estimated first cost (October 2019 price level) of the Recommended Plan is $740,760,000.
Description: Integrated Project Implementation Report and Environmental Impact Statement
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/11681/36973
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