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The Central West Coast Surface Water Enhancement Initiative is a regional plan that supports the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Southern Water Use Caution Area (SWUCA) Recovery Strategy and includes all aspects of development and construction. This strategy is designed to ensure water resource protection, restoration and sustainability for the entire SWUCA region. Additionally, the projects will benefit surface water restoration including, but not limited to, natural flow patterns, restoration of freshwater wetland communities and improvement in water quality.
There is a focus on connectivity, which is essential for managing water supplies on a regional scale, protecting the environment and making supplies more reliable during times of drought and hurricane. The projects underway and/or under continued evaluation concentrate on surface water; however, they also take advantage of use and rotation of groundwater supplies where appropriate, which will ensure improved system reliability.
The Myakka River Watershed Initiative is one project under this component. This initiative will restore natural hydroperiods to the area through utilization of excess water for natural systems restoration and/or water supply as well as opportunities for flood protection and water quality improvement.
Projected cost*: $955.5 million through 2025
- Peace River/Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority
- City of North Port
- City of Punta Gorda
- 14 billion gallons of water storage capacity
- 55 million gallons per day (mgd) of finished water supply
* Several components of the WRAP are still undergoing feasibility studies. Any costs associated with these projects are therefore estimated.