Modified Water Deliveries Project Explained

MOD Waters Project - what are they? For those of us who don't live, breathe, and sleep Everglades Restoration, the scope of projects (and project acronyms) can be daunting. Keeping track of it all can be a full-time job.

The Modified Water Deliveries Project is a critical component of CERP (Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project - see? acronyms abound) with the aim to restore the natural water flow in the Everglades National Park and specifically the water flow to Northeast Shark River Slough which will then feed the Florida Bay.

The Project reestablishes natural water flow patterns within the Everglades; specifically from the Water Conservation Areas. Many of the CERP projects rely on completed MOD Waters projects before they can be implemented. 

There are five major components of the Project.

Tamiami Trail Modification

This project raises the Tamiami Trail Highway 41 in order to allow water to flow into the Park. Currently water flowing from WCA-3B is blocked by the L-29 levee and the Tamiami Trail highway. A onne-mile bridge span was completed in 2013 and work on an additional 2.62 span began in 2016.

L-67A Conveyance Features

This project allows water to flow from WCA-3A to WCA-3B.

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8.5 Square Mile Protection Features

This feature provides flood mitigation. Located approximately 6.6 miles south of the Tamiami Trail, the plan includes construction of a levee, seepage canal, pump station and detention area. 

S-356 Pump Station

This pump station will collect water that seeps out of WCA-3B and will pump it into the L-29 canal so that it can be returned to Northeast Shark River Slough. 

Taylor Slough Bridge

This completed project increased the flow capacity through the main park road.