U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND ST. JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT Indian River Lagoon North RestorationFeasibility StudyPublic Meeting September 2001
PRESENTERS • David Schmidt, USACE • Troy Rice, SJRWMD
STUDY AUTHORIZATION • The study will be conducted under the authority of Section 309 (l) of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 1992 and Section 528 (b) (1) (C) of WRDA 1996 to provide for the water related needs of the region served by the Central and South Florida project.
VOLUSIA BREVARD INDIAN RIVER ST. LUCIE MARTIN WHERE? INDIAN RIVER LAGOON NORTH INDIAN RIVER LAGOON SOUTH
TONIGHT’SMEETING • Public coordination, • Provide information, • Answer questions, and • Gather information on water resource problems and opportunities
BACKGROUND • Local governments and Two Water Management Districts: • St. Johns River Water Management District in the North, and • South Florida Water Management District in the South Administer Water Projects.
BACKGROUND (cont.) • This study will build upon previous and ongoing projects including: • Indian River Lagoon South • Upper St. Johns River Basin (~97% complete) • Intracoastal Waterway • C-1 Diversion
PLANNING EFFORTS TO DATE • Indian River Lagoon Surface Water Improvement and Management Plan (SWIM) 1994. • Indian River Lagoon - Nine Volume Characterization Report 1994. • Indian River Lagoon Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) 1996.
STUDY PURPOSE • Ecosystem restoration while meeting other water resources needs of area.
STUDY PURPOSE (cont.) Possible examples: • Improve Fish and Wildlife Habitat • Seagrass • Wetlands • Improve Water Quality • Increase Recreational Opportunities • Maintain and Where Possible Improve Flood Protection and Water Supply
WHO WILL BENEFIT? • Environment • General Public Commercial Users Recreational Users
MAJOR PROJECTS ALREADY IMPLEMENTED BY SJRWMD & NEP • Volusia County & Municipalities Stormwater Cost-Share Projects = $2.6 million • Brevard County & Municipalities Stormwater Cost-Share Projects = $7.1 million • Indian River County & Municipalities Stormwater Cost-Share Projects = $14.4 million • Removal of +500,000 cubic yards of muck sediment from Crane & Turkey Creeks
MAJOR PROJECTS ALREADY IMPLEMENTED BY SJRWMD & NEP (cont.) • Reconnection of +18,555 acres of impounded wetlands • Acquisition of +52,600 acres of Environmental Endangered Lands within the watershed • Development of a Water Quality Model for the IRL for use in establishing PLRGs/TMDLs • Removal of +500 acres of Invasive Exotic Plants and +35 acres of Native Mangroves Replanted
POTENTIAL ALTERNATIVES • Remove muck from lagoon and tributary areas • Restore or reconnect wetlands • Improve flow through or past causeways • Develop sediment strategy, including retention and detention facilities • Control water runoff • Determine septic contributions and develop recommendations • Remove exotic vegetation • Ensure flood protection and water supply
CORPS WATER RESOURCES PROJECT PROCESS • Study - Develop plan, alternatives, costs and conduct NEPA with 50% Federal and 50% non-Federal cost sharing • Pre construction, Engineering and Design (PED) - Cost shared 75% Federal, 25% non-Federal Sponsor • Construction - cost shared according to project purpose and Federal law • Operation & Maintenance - Normally 100% non-Federal, for CERP 50% non-Federal
PROCESS PhaseEstimated Duration Project Management Plan 3 months Cost Sharing Agreement 3 months Feasibility 3-4 years Pre-construction Engineering & Design 2-3 years Construction 3 years estimated Operation & Maintenance Project life
*REMINDER*OPPORTUNITIES • Improve Fish and Wildlife Habitat • Seagrass • Wetlands • Improve Water Quality • Increase Recreational Opportunities • Maintain and Where Possible Improve Flood Protection and Water Supply
SJRWMD RESPONSIBILITIES • Demonstrate intent to contribute 50% of study costs, 25% of PED costs, and non-Federal share of construction costs • Provide lands, easements, rights-of-ways, relocations, and disposal areas • Operate and maintain project
CORPS RESPONSIBILITIESIN COOPERATION WITH SJRWMD • Complete Project Management Plan • Complete Feasibility Phase • Provide Federal share of funds required • Design and Construct project features
LOCAL RESPONSIBILITIES • Help us!! • Continue efforts on behalf of the Lagoon to solve problems • Provide input into alternative plan development
NOTE Prior to Q&A, just a note about the following: • Our goal is to help restore the IRL • We are here to help you and your community • Please contact us anytime • USACE, Erwin Wunderlich (904) 899-5055 • SJRWMD, Troy Rice (321) 984-4950
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS We will post information to the following Web site: http://www.evergladesplan.org/projects.htm