Multiple bridges?

One of the key components to Everglades Restoration is getting more water into Shark River Slough’s central flow way.

That’s the one labeled “L29 Culverts” on the graph.

Over the past 25 years it’s averaged between 100 and 200 cfs all year long.

Compare that farther to the west the S12 gates and Big Cypress bridges sustain summer flows an order of magnitude higher, peaking up around 2,000 cfs during early fall.

The reason?

The plumbing network, as originally conceived, was designed to send water into the Park via the S12s. Engineers would later come to learn that the S-12s were perched on a slightly elevated plateau and biologists would go on to discover that releases through them, if not properly timed and controlled, jeopardized the nesting season of an endangered species: the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow.

The result is the park wasn’t getting enough water and the water it was getting was often in the wrong place.

The solution is a one-mile bridge, two decades in the making, and finally being built.

Now I’m reading more bridges are in the works.

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