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Underground wall in Everglades will help mitigate flooding

Pedro Ramos, superintendent of Everglades National Park, said the long discussed project is not only crucial to mitigate flooding but to keep water in the Everglades where it's needed.
Pedro Ramos, superintendent of Everglades National Park, said the long discussed project is not only crucial to mitigate flooding but to keep water in the Everglades where it's needed.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A long-awaited project in the Everglades is underway after the Friday groundbreaking for a massive underground curtain wall in southwest Miami-Dade County west of Las Palmas. It’s intended to manage flooding and allow more water to stay in the Everglades and move into the Florida Bay.

Nearby communities just east of the Everglades have suffered severe flooding. County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz said he’s seen people lose their homes to the water damage.

“There’s great future for our parks and great future for our farmers, and our residents, too,” he said.

Pedro Ramos, the superintendent of Everglades National Park, said it’s not only crucial to mitigate flooding but to keep water in the Everglades.

“It helps keep the terrestrial Everglades healthy, and it ensures that Florida Bay will thrive,” Ramos said. “Unless we control the loss of water to the eastern boundary of the park, we will not be able to achieve restoration.”

The wall will be 63 feet deep and 26 inches wide and will run about 2.3 miles long. Construction for the project, which has been in the works for years, started about a week ago and is expected to be finished by April 2022.


About the Author:

Annaliese Garcia joined Local 10 News in January 2020. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami, where she studied broadcast journalism. She began her career at Univision. Before arriving at Local 10, she was with NBC2 (WBBH-TV) covering Southwest Florida. She's glad to be back in Miami!