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Lower Charlotte Harbor Flatwoods Hydrologic Restoration Initiative, Yucca Pens Unit (Planning and Design)

Implementing Organization

State of Florida


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Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA


Project Category


Project Actions

Water Quality Restoration and Maintenance

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Project Description

The project will reduce pollution and hydrologic degradation to coastal watersheds in lower Charlotte Harbor through development and implementation of a science-based, data-driven Strategic Hydrological Planning Tool that would provide resource management agencies guidance for restoration and management of surface waters that flow through the 15,014-acre Yucca Pens Unit of the Cecil Webb/Babcock Wildlife Management Area (WMA) into eastern Charlotte Harbor and the Caloosahatchee River via tidal channels. Specific activities include: • Baseline data collection for the modeling effort including installing piezometers and sensors, GPS survey of the piezometers, installing flow-meters in tidal creeks and canals, installing rain gauges, mapping historical hydropatterns, and mapping existing conditions; • Development of the Strategic Hydrological Planning Tool; • Completion of multiple model runs including a historic/pre-development conditions model/natural systems model, existing conditions model, and future conditions model; • Development of final report, summarizing results of each model run and recommendations on priority restoration and management projects or actions and associated benefits and implementation costs. Development, including the construction of major roadways such as US 41 and I-75, has significantly altered the historic surface water sheet flow from the Yucca Pens Unit into Charlotte Harbor and Caloosahatchee River by draining the area and directing freshwater discharges into Charlotte Harbor. This has also resulted in excess discharges of water and nutrients into the Caloosahatchee tributaries. The Strategic on "More Info" link below


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