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Everglades Stormwater Treatment Area 1-West Expansion

Designing stormwater upgrades to protect one of Florida’s most essential natural regions

  • 4,700

    Acre Expansion

  • $79M

    Construction Cost

  • West Palm Beach, Florida

    West Palm Beach, Florida

A restoration strategy for removing excess phosphorus and other nutrients from water flowing into sensitive ecosystems

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) needed to expand their environmental protections for the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and other parts of the greater Everglades. They reached out to us for help. Our team’s work is one of many critical restoration projects that SFWMD is developing for treating stormwater to meet effluent quality standards that comply with the State of Florida’s numeric phosphorous criterion in the Everglades.

Looking to expand and enhance Stormwater Treatment Area 1 (STA-1), we designed the 4,700-acre (1,900-hectare) constructed wetland expansion to the west of STA-1. Our design features 100,300 linear feet (lf) of earthen embankment and 85,600 lf of canals, nine remotely operated gated hydraulic structures including 25 roller and slide gates, 20 passive hydraulic structures, and constructed wetlands. Three wetland cells create flexibility, allowing portions of the system to be taken offline for maintenance and vegetation management while keeping the rest operational.

As one of many critical restoration projects that SFWMD is developing, this rejuvenated area of the Everglades also provides public recreation opportunities and habitat for threatened and endangered species.

At a Glance

  • South Florida Water Management
  • District
  • Bergeron Land Development
Florida ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards, Honor Award, 2021
Meet Our Team

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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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.

Neil Johnson, Senior Principal, Project Manager

As a project manager and team leader, I follow this recipe for success—hire people that you hope to work for some day.
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Heath Wintz, Project Technical Leader

Water is essential to our communities – we must learn to respect the water we have to maintain and reuse this resource.

Becky Hachenburg

Vice President, Regional Water Sector Leader

Gary Wantland

Vice President, Energy

Neil Johnson

Senior Principal, Project Manager

Heath Wintz

Project Technical Leader

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