Did you know Everglades restoration is working to protect and restore America’s River of Grass and ensure the ecological health of South Florida’s natural resources? This comprehensive restoration effort is improving the quantity, quality, timing and distribution of water to the Greater Everglades.
From historic progress on key restoration projects, to improved wading bird nesting, to record hydration in the Everglades, restoration and water quality projects are making a measurable difference for Florida’s environment.
In celebration of Earth Day this Saturday, April 22, the South Florida’s Water Management District (SFWMD) is highlighting our important role in managing and protecting water resources for the people and the environment of South Florida. Our dedicated team of scientists, engineers, water managers, and many other staff are working every day to carry out the SFWMD’s mission, and to manage and protect water resources across our 16-County region.
From Orlando to the Florida Keys, the SFWMD is working to:
• Advance Everglades restoration
• Safeguard and restore South Florida’s ecosystems
• Maintain and improve water quality
• Provide water supply for all of South Florida’s needs
This Earth Day, SFWMD is also celebrating an important anniversary for Everglades restoration. Two years ago, on April 22, 2021, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a Project Partnership Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to allow for the federal construction of the crown jewel of Everglades restoration: the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir Project. The USACE and the SFWMD broke ground on the reservoir component in February. The SFWMD will complete construction of the stormwater treatment area component later this year. When complete, the project will reduce harmful discharges to the northern estuaries and send more water south for the benefit of the Everglades ecosystem and the people of Florida.
As we celebrate Earth Day and our historic progress, the SFWMD remains committed to continuing the momentum and accelerating key restoration projects that safeguard our precious water resources.
We encourage you to follow the SFWMD on our social media channels for the latest news on Everglades restoration.