Stormwater management contract awarded for Everglades water quality restoration project

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WEST PALM BEACH, FL, May 12, 2014 -- Parsons Brinckerhoff has been awarded a contract by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) for construction management services relating to a water quality restoration project in the Everglades.

The C-44 Reservoir/Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) Project is part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), which sets out a long-term plan for restoring, protecting and preserving the water resources of central and southern Florida, including the Everglades.

The C-44 Canal discharges into the Indian River Lagoon and the St. Lucie Estuary. In the last several years, high levels of polluted stormwater runoff have affected the recreational interests and livelihoods of local residents and businesses. The purpose of the C-44 Reservoir/STA project is to build wetlands, canals, culverts, discharge structures, and embankments that will capture local runoff from the C-44 Basin, treat it naturally, and return it to the C-44 Canal.

Aerial view of the C-44 Reservoir/Stormwater Treatment Area Project. (Photo credit: South Florida Water Management District)

This project will improve water quality by reducing the level of nutrients, pesticides, herbicides, and other pollutants currently discharged into the estuary. The project will also reduce the force of the water being released, so that damage to the ecosystem is minimized during storms.

Under its contract, Parsons Brinckerhoff will support the SFWMD by ensuring the STA is constructed to proper standards so that it meets the established water quality goals.

See also:

"Florida Everglades to undergo $880M wetlands restoration initiative"

"Obama administration releases report on Everglade restoration efforts"

About Parsons Brinckerhoff

Parsons Brinckerhoff develops and operates infrastructure around the world, with 14,000 employees dedicated to meeting the needs of clients and communities in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia-Pacific regions. The firm offers skills and resources in strategic consulting, planning, engineering, program/construction management, and operations for transportation, power, mining, water/wastewater/water resources, and community development projects. For more information, visit


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