FL - Deep-injection wells are key to restoring Florida’s Everglades | Opinion
Restoring Florida’s Everglades, Lake Okeechobee and Florida’s delicate coastal estuary systems is a much-needed environmental stewardship effort that will help secure Florida’s water future.
Thankfully, Florida has an opportunity right now to champion long-term, sustainable water and environmental policies by expanding on existing Everglades restoration efforts taking place south of Lake Okeechobee, to also include water flows north of Lake Okeechobee.
For more than 29 years, I’ve dedicated my career as a civil engineer to understanding Florida’s environmental needs, and participating in the technical solutions that will address these concerns. As a former lead civil engineer at the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), and now working with my peers on the Water Resources Committee of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida (ACEC-FL) and across Florida through the Florida Engineering Society, I’ve always supported science-based efforts to protect and restore our natural resources.
One of the best ways to continue strengthening Everglades restoration efforts is through Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) technology – a process that captures, treats, and stores excess water during the rainy season for later use during periods of drought. More commonly known as deep-injection wells, ASR technology has been used in Florida for over 40 years, and is used by states across our country and in numerous countries globally.
Florida has among the most stringent ASR regulations in place, anywhere. These regulations help ensure excess water is treated to Florida’s rigorous drinking water standards prior to being stored in an ASR system, and further, require comprehensive and continuous groundwater monitoring of the ASR system.