WHAT IS THE
The Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir is the only project that will reconnect Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay, thereby allowing freshwater to flow south as nature intended.
The EAA Reservoir will be located south of Lake Okeechobee and is designed to store excess Lake Okeechobee water so it can be purified in an adjacent stormwater treatment area (STA) and then sent south to nurture the Everglades and Florida Bay.
THE CROWN JEWEL OF
The EAA Reservoir has been called “the crown jewel of Everglades restoration,” as it is the single most important project to store, clean, and send water south from Lake Okeechobee into the Everglades, helping restore South Florida’s natural freshwater flow.
This reservoir is the most important Everglades-specific project in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP).
For those along Florida's Treasure Coast and Southwest Coast, it means a dramatic reduction in the algae-causing lake discharges that ruin fishing and close beaches. If you live in North Florida, the EAA Reservoir means restoration of the Everglades and protecting Florida's multi-billion-dollar tourism industry and the millions of jobs it generates. For those in Southeast Florida, the reservoir means protecting drinking water.
ABOUT THE EAA RESERVOIR
HISTORY IN THE MAKING
Ground was broken on the 6,500-acre stormwater treatment area in 2021, and work is continuing apace. Work will be completed sometime in 2023.
Meanwhile, contracts were recently advertised and awarded to construct the reservoir itself.