NPCA’s Everglades Restoration Program focuses on the following key projects:
Tamiami Trail Bridging
Since the 1920s, the Tamiami Trail, the road connecting Miami to Tampa, has acted as a dam, impeding the historic and natural north-south flow of water through the greater Everglades ecosystem. This critical restoration project will raise significant portions of the road and allow for water to once again flow naturally from the north into Northeast Shark River Slough, Everglades National Park, and south to Florida Bay.
C-111 Spreader Canal Project
The C-111 canal, a deep, linear, man-made channel located east of Everglades National Park, disrupts the natural flow of water through the park’s Taylor Slough into Florida Bay. This project will put freshwater back into Taylor Slough through the creation of a spreader canal that follows the land’s contours and will rehydrate and restore coastal wetlands and wading bird habitat. The health of Biscayne National Park and Florida Bay depend on restoring clean freshwater sheetflow through Taylor Slough.
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Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetland Restoration
Biscayne Bay is a marine ecosystem currently affected by canal systems, drainage ditches, and urban development that both reduce the overall flow of water to the Bay and Park and yet deliver too much water to the wrong places at the wrong time. Located along the east coast of southern Miami-Dade County, the Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands (BBCW) CERP project will provide ecological and hydrological links between Everglades National Park, and Biscayne National Park. The project is intended to help improve freshwater flows to Biscayne National Park by bringing an increased volume of freshwater back to coastal wetlands along the Bay in a diffused and morenatural pattern.
Tequesta Coast Initiative
The Tequesta Coast wetlands are located in southeastern Miami-Dade County, south of Florida City and Homestead, between Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. This vital wildlife habitat is currently in private ownership and vulnerable to destructive land use practices that would compromise Everglades restoration efforts. Protecting these 70,000 acres of coastal wetlands will allow the BBCW and C-111 projects to successfully reestablish connectivity of the wetlands.
Picayune Strand Restoration Project
The first federally funded project under CERP to be initiated, this project will allow water to flow in the western edges of Everglades National Park.
Threat Beyond the Boundaries
Urban development, rock mining activities, agricultural practices, flood protection, and the Florida Power and Light Turkey Point Power Plant are forces adjacent to park boundaries that can ruin the health of our parks, south Florida’s water supply and natural treasures. NPCA closely monitors these activities, taking a stand for protecting our national parks.
- Learn more about NPCA's Sun Coast Regional Office
- Learn more about NPCA's Great Waters program
- Learn more about NPCA's work to fund Everglades restoration