Cutler Slough Rehydration Project
The Deering Flow-way/Cutler Slough Rehydration Project, part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan and authorized at the federal level by the Water Resources Development Act, is a site specific reconciliation ecology effort to help restore seasonal water flow into an historic slough (a freshwater wetland habitat) that once existed within the Estate boundaries. The Deering Flow-way redistributes water from the South Florida Water Management flood protection canals via spur canal and pumping station. The slow moving water is then naturally filtered as it travels through the Estate’s habitats and out to Biscayne Bay in a more ecologically beneficial sheet flow manner. Components of the project include a restored educational wetland, pump station and spreader, and a weir placed in Cutler Creek to prevent salt water intrusion. K-12 students as well as residents of all ages have been engaged in the habitat monitoring and data collection as part of a citizen science program – to encourage greater understanding, support, and advocacy of natural areas and restoration projects worldwide, with emphasis on understanding wetland habitats and water conservation in a local/regional context.
With partners, Florida International University Florida Coastal Everglades Long-Term Ecological Research and South Florida Water Management District, professional field research and citizen science data is being incorporated into a new K-12 STEM curriculum and a special environmental stewardship training program.
WET Splash Shot April 2013 (http://www.deeringestate.org/uploads/WET%20Splash%20Shot%20April%202013.pdf)
Miami Herald, “Urban wetland at the Deering Estate offers glimpse at successful Everglades restoration” (http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article1962423.html)