E & E works with South Florida Water Management District
to balance water supply and ecosystem restoration
E & E provides South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) world-class scientists, engineers, and restoration specialists to further its mission focused on flood control and water supply, preventing saltwater intrusion, encouraging responsible agriculture and urban development, and preserving fish and wildlife habitat. SFWMD also works with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to implement the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan—a 35-year plan to restore, protect, and preserve the water resources of the Everglades region.
Protect the Environment and Provide for the People
SFWMD is challenged to address restoration and maintenance of one of the world’s most significant freshwater resources and numerous estuarine systems, while meeting the needs of an expanding population, like flood protection and future water supply. Competing needs for water and land must be delicately balanced for every project, whether it’s a stormwater treatment project or hydrology restoration project.
Since our collaboration began in 2002, E & E has provided SFWMD with comprehensive, high-quality data that addresses these challenges from every angle. Our work ensures decision makers feel confident that project data and suggested solutions truly represent the path of least impact, especially in scenarios where both the natural and developed environments face varying degrees of impact. Highlights have included balancing ecosystem restoration with water supply and flood protection for a 700-square-mile watershed as part of Everglades restoration; researching how to reduce phosphorous concentrations from agricultural runoff in the stormwater treatment areas—the largest man-made wetlands in the world—to improve water quality; and studying how hydrologic changes impact key habitats and ecosystems.
Better Natural Resource Management
We’ve identified and will continue to identify measures that help restore or maintain the water quality and hydrology of the Everglades and surrounding natural environment, while maintaining or enhancing future water supply for agricultural needs and growing populations, and ensuring adequate flood protection in the built environment. Through our research for the Loxahatchee Watershed Restoration feasibility study, for example, we laid out measures to reduce peak stormwater flows to the estuaries, provide base flows to a designated Wild and Scenic River, restore wetlands, increase hydrologic and natural area connectivity, reduce flood damage, and provide public water supply over a 700-square-mile area in northern Palm Beach County and southern Martin County.