The purpose of the proposed Project is to convey water through three culverts along the L-28 Canal, S-229A, S-229B, and S-229C, to allow more water to flow west into the Big Cypress National Preserve (BCNP); and, thereby, alleviate the high-water levels in Water Conservation Area 3A (WCA-3A). Additionally, negative impacts from high water levels on local habitats of the federally endangered species Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow population in the northern Everglades National Park would be reduced. The new culverts along the L-28 Canal are a component of the Western Everglades Restoration Project (WERP). The 11.58 acres of impacts will be fully offset through permittee responsible mitigation using hydrological enhancement.
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