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SFWMD Starts Pre-Positioning Rock to Build Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir

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January 07, 2019
South Bay, FL - The A-1 Flow Equalization Basin (FEB) will be temporarily closed to public recreation starting Jan. 7 as the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) starts work on the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Storage Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area.
Starting on Jan. 7, crews will begin work to relocate about 800,000 cubic yards of rock from the adjacent A-1 FEB to use for the EAA Storage Reservoir construction project. This will require closing the A-1 FEB to public recreation until further notice.
"This Governing Board is moving without delay to build this reservoir and stormwater treatment area to fulfill the promise made to residents through Senate Bill 10," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Federico Fernandez. "This agency's commitment to combating harmful estuary discharges and sending additional clean water to the Everglades is evidenced by the critical onsite work being facilitated by our clearing crews and geotechnical surveying underway that will aid in the design of the EAA Storage Reservoir."
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, the EAA Storage Reservoir will send an annual average of approximately 370,000 additional acre-feet of clean water south to the Everglades that will be protected by rule or reservation to benefit the natural system. 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 Gov. Rick Scott's 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.

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