everglades projectThe Village of Estero would like to acknowledge a major step toward protecting the environment of Florida, particularly Southwest Florida.

On Friday, the Army Corps of Engineers signed off on a permit to build a 6,500-acre marsh south of Lake Okeechobee, and the South Florida Water Management District had their construction crews at the site on Monday.

When completed, the marsh will work together with a 10,100-acre reservoir the Corps is building in the same area to filter the water before it moves south into the Everglades. Together, they form the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir.

The marsh is expected to be completed in 2023; the larger reservoir is expected to be completed in 2028.

Here’s a link to a short video of Chauncy Gauss, Chairman of the South Florida Water Management District, and SFWMD crews at the marsh site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42beO8MSVi8