Late last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) awarded a $197 million contract to Barnard Construction Company, from Bozeman, Montana, to build a new reservoir and stormwater treatment areas that will significantly improve conditions in the southern Indian River Lagoon.  The Indian River Lagoon is considered one of the most biologically diverse estuaries in the continental United States, and is home to more than 3,000 species of plants and animals.  During the rainy season, the Lagoon receives large amounts of nutrient-laden water from Lake Okeechobee, often resulting in algal blooms and fish kills.   

This project, part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), will consist of a 3,400-acre reservoir, a pump station with a capacity to pump 1,100 cubic feet per second (cfs), and 6,300-acres of storwater treatment area.  The ACOE expects construction to begin this winter with completion scheduled for 2020.  

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