$880 million plan will restore one of the largest U.S. freshwater wetland systems
The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) recently awarded CH2M HILL a contract to provide professional engineering services as part of an $880 million plan to restore the Everglades. Under this contract, CH2M HILL will work in tandem with SFWMD to help enhance the natural region of tropical wetlands in Florida.
The Everglades, which once covered nearly 11,000 sq miles of South Florida, is one of the largest U.S. freshwater wetland systems and is home to dozens of threatened and endangered species. Efforts to drain the marshland for agriculture, development and flood control have reduced the Everglades to half the size it was a century ago.
CH2M HILL is also working with SWFWMD on its Watershed Management Program—a multifaceted program to develop flood risk information for watersheds throughout west-central Florida. In February, SWFWMD awarded CH2M HILL four contracts, including two general engineering contracts for conveyance and natural systems, as well as contracts for the Watershed Management Program and a Hydrogeological Investigation of the Lower Floridan Aquifer, to help SWFWMD manage water and water-related resources in southwest Florida.