Miami Dade County Community Forum

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Let the water flow! Raise Tamiami Trail to achieve Everglades restoration.

When: Thursday, June 24th
Where: South Dade Regional Library
10750 Southwest 211th Street
Cutler Bay, FL 33189-2809

Everglades National Park is parched. A new proposal to elevate 5.5 miles of Tamiami Trail announced in May 2010 by federal officials will remove the dam created by the 1928 road construction and restore natural water flow to the River of Grass.
Although six alternatives were put forward, the preferred 5.5 mile alternative yields the highest ecological and economic benefits to South Florida and Everglades restoration. This second phase of bridging will bring thousands of local jobs to South Florida and create a larger than life birds-eye view of America’s Everglades.

• Increased water flows to Florida Bay will restore abundant sport fishing opportunities in Florida Bay and aid the re-establishment of sea grass beds.
• Seamless integration with the 1-mile bridging project currently underway can achieve significant cost savings on planned restoration efforts.
• Ecosystem benefits will assist in the recovery of wading birds like the snail kite whose populations have suffered a 90% decline.

Your voice is needed! In order to secure the additional 5.5 mile bridging alternative and ensure critical waters are delivered to the Everglades, Florida’s residents, elected officials and businesses need to weigh in at the upcoming public meeting.

For additional questions or comments contact Dawn Shirreffs at Clean Water Action/Clean Water Fund at or (305)653-9101.

Can’t attend??? Written comments will be accepted through July 27, 2010 and can be submitted electronically to or or mailed to Everglades National Park, Tamiami Trail Next Steps Project, 40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, FL 33034-6733. View the plan online at .

1 comment:

  1. This project could drastically restore the natural flow of the Everglades. It can also help create jobs and support tourism. It's a no brainer, we really need to come together to support this project!