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South Florida Water Management District and National Park Service Celebrate Completion
of Key Everglades Restoration Project  

Improvements will increase the flow of clean, freshwater south
Taylor Slough Flow Improvement Project Ribbon Cutting
Pictured from Left to Right: Cara Capp, National Parks Conservation Association;
Board Member Ben Butler, SFWMD; Board Member Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, SFWMD; 
Irela Bague, Chief Bay Officer, Miami-Dade County; Col. James Booth, USACE –
Jacksonville District; Secretary Shawn Hamilton, DEP; Director Drew Bartlett, SFWMD;
Assistant Secretary Tanya Trujillo, U.S. Dept. of the Interior; Chairman Chauncey Goss,
SFWMD; Superintendent Pedro Ramos; Eric Eikenberg, Everglades Foundation; Board
Member Charlette Roman, SFWMD; Board Member “Alligator Ron” Bergeron, SFWMD;
Sen. René García, Miami-Dade County; Director Roger Young, FWC

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. – Today, the South Florida Water Management
District and the National Park Service completed an environmental restoration project in
Everglades National Park that will increase the flow of clean, freshwater through the park.
The Taylor Slough Flow Improvement Project will move more water south through to
Florida Bay, where it is needed to balance salinity levels and promote ecological health. 

“Thanks to our partners and the leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis, the South Florida
Water Management District continues to complete Everglades restoration projects that
protect our water resources, store and clean water, and send record flows of water south,”
said South Florida Water Management District Governing Board Chairman Chauncey
Goss. “The completion of this and other projects are making our region’s water resources
more resilient and protecting the way of life in South Florida.” 

“Partnership projects such as this Taylor Slough Flow Improvement Project are essential to
getting the water right in Everglades National Park,” said Pedro Ramos, superintendent of
Everglades and Dry Tortugas national parks. “Completing this project in time for the rainy
season means Florida Bay will benefit immediately from additional flows of the clean fresh
water it needs to thrive.”

The Taylor Slough Flow Improvement Project included the installation of 18 culverts at nine
locations along a 3.2-mile section of Old Ingraham Highway in Everglades National Park to
improve the distribution of freshwater flows and restore natural plant communities and

The project supports the overall restoration goals of the Comprehensive Everglades
Restoration Plan (CERP) – the world’s largest and most ambitious ecosystem restoration
effort. CERP is led by the South Florida Water Management District and U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, and implementing CERP involves important partners at the local, state,
federal, and Tribal levels. The overall goals of CERP include reducing damaging discharges
from Lake Okeechobee to the coastal estuaries and restoring the quality, quantity, timing and
distribution of water to the historical flow of water through the Everglades.

Taylor Slough is located in the southeastern part of Everglades National Park and was
historically a major contributor of freshwater to Florida Bay. The duration, timing and
extent of wetland inundation of Taylor Slough’s interconnected wetlands and freshwater
flows through Florida Bay are a critical component of the Everglades ecosystem.  

In the early 1920’s, surface flow was substantially reduced by the construction of Old
Ingraham Highway, which was opened as the first motorway to Flamingo, a small fishing
village on the edge of Florida Bay. Old Ingraham Highway acted as a dam, cutting off and
redirecting freshwater flow away from Taylor Slough. Additional infrastructure changes,
including the building of the regional flood control system known as the Central and
Southern Florida (C&SF) Project, have also reduced the flow of water to this important
ecological resource.

Record State funding for Everglades restoration has allowed the South Florida Water
Management District and our federal partners to expedite the completion of projects that
improve water management across South Florida, reduce harmful estuary discharges,
and allow more clean, freshwater water to be moved south to Everglades National Park
and onto Florida Bay. 

Media Resources
Download Video of Taylor Slough Flow Improvement Project Ribbon Cutting
Download Video of Taylor Slough and Everglades National Park 
Download Photos

Media Contact: 
Randy Smith |   |  Office: 561-682-6197  |  Cell: 561-389-3386

The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages
the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state’s five
water management districts. Our mission is to safeguard and restore South Florida’s water resources
and ecosystems, protect our communities from flooding, and meet the region’s water needs while
connecting with the public and stakeholders.
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