MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A major step in a long-time coming Everglades Restoration project.
On Friday, ground was broken for a massive underground curtain wall to be built west of Las Palmas. The wall will allow more water to stay in Everglades National Park and allow it to flow south into Florida Bay which is necessary for Everglades restoration.READ MORE: French Forces Kill ISIS Leader Believed To Be Responsible For Sgt. La David Johnson’s Death
The South Florida Water Management District said the underground concrete barrier will also help mitigate flooding in the 8.5 square mile area of the Las Palmas community.READ MORE: COVID Booster Shot Confusion Ahead Of FDA Advisory Committee Meeting
“When I took office, I made Everglades restoration and protection of Florida’s water resources a top priority,” said Governor Ron DeSantis in a statement. “My administration has provided record investments and expedited key projects to restore the Everglades and send more water south.”MORE NEWS: Rodney Rodriguez, Driver In High-Speed Crash That Killed 3, Finally Booked Into Jail
The wall will be over two miles long, 63 feet deep, and 26 inches wide. Construction is expected to be complete in April 2022.