Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands project
The overall project will restore the distribution of freshwater flows to southern Biscayne Bay, including Biscayne National Park, improving salinity distribution near the shoreline. It will enhance ecological health by helping to reestablish productive nearshore habitat, including nursery habitat for shrimp, shellfish, and fish. The project will also provide improved recreational and educational opportunities in Biscayne Bay and adjacent wetlands.
A key component of the Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands Project-Phase 1 includes construction of the Deering Estate flow-way, a South Florida Water Management District investment of nearly $4.2 million. Other project components are construction of the Cutler Wetlands Flow-way and L-31E Culverts. Check out this informative video on the Deering Estate Flow Way Project.
The Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands Project-Phase 1 is being expedited by the State of Florida and is part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), which is helping to restore the quantity, quality, timing and distribution of fresh water in the South Florida ecosystem.
The Deering Estate is entering the final phase of the development of an educational wetland as part of the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) project on the Power’s Property located at 15850 Old Cutler Road. The final phase of this plan includes the development of .68 acres of education wetland and additional landscaping. This is an exciting final phase of a larger project to restore freshwater flows into Biscayne Bay as part of the Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands Project and the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan.