SFWMD Removing Barrier to Moving More Water South

Removal of Old Tamiami Trail roadbed, expected to be completed in 2022, will restore flow of clean freshwater south

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is hard at work removing of a 5.5 mile section of Old Tamiami Trail in Miami-Dade County, a priority Everglades restoration project identified by Gov. Ron DeSantis to restore the natural flow of clean freshwater south.

To watch a video about the progress of this road removal project click here.

To keep progress going, SFWMD crews began working to remove the roadway in March. The project is expected to be completed by January 2022. SFWMD and its partner agencies, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service and Florida Department of Transportation, are also working on completing several other projects such as raising sections of Tamiami Trail that will also increase the flow of water south to Everglades National Park. These projects, coupled with other restoration projects such as the critical Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir Project, will also help reduce damaging discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the coastal estuaries.

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.