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Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, Acceler8 Program

Improving water quality and quantity to restore the Everglades

  • 80

    Miles Levee & Embankment

  • 30K

    Acre Wetland Treatment

  • West Palm Beach, Florida

    West Palm Beach, Florida

The South Florida Water Management District is committed to ensuring the health of the Everglades.

As one of the country’s most important and iconic water systems, the Everglades is a symbol for the State of Florida and a major focus for ongoing environmental management. Florida and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are partners on large-scale, precedent-setting restoration efforts, implementing a Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) to benefit the interconnected South Florida ecosystem.

Recognizing that a healthy ecosystem is vital to a healthy economy, the South Florida Water Management District is leading initiatives to improve water quality, increase storage, and reestablish historic flows. Our job? As part of a joint venture, we provided program management services on the implementation of the CERP, specifically the state’s accelerated projects, known as Acceler8.

Our work focused on water resources infrastructure improvements including above-ground reservoirs, wetland treatment areas, pump stations, levees, and canals—an investment of approximately $2 billion. Our work included real estate acquisition, site development, planning, and permitting.

Serving as a framework to restore, protect, and preserve the water resources of Central and Southern Florida, the CERP is the world’s largest ecosystem restoration effort. By capturing fresh water that now flows unused to the ocean and gulf, the CERP projects will revive a dying ecosystem and enhance water supplies in Florida.

At a Glance

  • South Florida Water Mgmt District
  • Jacobs (JV Partner)
Meet Our Team

Paul Blaszczyk, Vice President, Energy & Resources

I am inspired every day by my colleagues, our clients, and the knowledge that we are working to provide renewable energy for generations to come.
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Becky Hachenburg, Vice President, Regional Water Sector Leader

So grateful to be able to combine my love for the natural environment, water, and engineering design into a rewarding career.
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Craig Harris , Vice President, Energy

The best part of my job is working with a dedicated team that’s committed to creating solutions that improve communities around the world.

Jason Hedien, Vice President, Energy

Each hydropower and dam project brings challenges and opportunities. The rewards come when we overcome the challenges to seize those opportunities.

Gary Wantland, Vice President, Energy

I am lucky to have worked with some very smart and capable people, and every day I strive to pass on to others what I have learned.

Paul Blaszczyk

Vice President, Energy & Resources

Becky Hachenburg

Vice President, Regional Water Sector Leader

Craig Harris

Vice President, Energy

Jason Hedien

Vice President, Energy

Gary Wantland

Vice President, Energy

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