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Corps transfers first completed CERP project to SFWMD

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District transferred the first completedComprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan project to the local sponsor, the South Florida Water Management District.

The corps completed construction of the Melaleuca Eradication and Other Exotic Plants Research Annex Aug. 30, 2013, and after completing the required documentation, the letter of official transfer was submitted to the water management district. The district will be responsible for the operations and maintenance of the fully-completed facility.

The annex, located in Davie, will serve as a new facility to raise insects that will be used as a biocontrol measure to manage invasive plants. Construction began on the facility in July of 2011, with federal funding provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

While the Melaleuca project was the first CERP project to be officially completed and transferred, the corps also recently transferred another CERP component to the SFWMD, the Lake Okeechobee Aquifer Storage and Recovery Pilot Project and facility, located adjacent to the Kissimmee River in Okeechobee County.

That facility was transferred to the SFWMD on Dec. 18, 2013, for operations and maintenance upon completion of the pilot study. The pilot project tested ASR performance for future facility expansions.

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