FL - Finishing touches on Picayune restoration moving through permitting process

Pump stations and spreader swales meant to direct water south stand ready to move sheet flow to tens of thousands of acres in the Picayune Strand State Forest in southern Collier County.

The restoration in Picayune is part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program aimed to restore about 55,000 acres of the Everglades back into the “river of grass.”

But before anyone can flip the switch and send the water south, protection features must be built around agricultural lands at the southwest corner of the Picayune Strand Restoration Project. Two construction jobs to build these features are in the process of state and federal permitting.

The overall project includes removing roads and logging trams, plugging canals and operating three pump stations all designed to restore water flows close to what they were before a planned housing scheme failed in the 1950s.

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