Broward County Water Preserve Areas

The Broward County Water Preserve Areas (WPA) project is designed to perform two primary functions:

  • Reduce seepage loss from Water Conservation Area (WCA) 3A/3B to the C-11 and C-9 basins

  • Capture, store and distribute surface water runoff from the western C-11 Basin that has been discharged into WCA 3A/3B.

Additional project functions include: maintaining existing level of service flood protection, groundwater recharge, increasing spatial extent of wetlands, and improving hydroperiods and hydropatterns in WCA 3A/3B. Existing water reservations will not be affected. The BCWPA project will benefit federally-listed threatened and endangered species and many wading birds. Approximately 563,000 acres in WCA 3 and 200,000 acres in the greater Everglades will benefit from the project's implementation. The project consists of three components that were recommended as part of CERP:

  • C-11 Impoundment

  • C-9 Impoundment

  • Water Conservation Area (WCA) 3A/3B Seepage Management

The three WPA components that make up the Broward County WPA project consist of two above-ground impoundments and a wetland buffer strip. These components will provide various functions including: reducing seepage from WCA 3, reducing phosphorous loading to WCA 3A, capturing water lost to tide, and providing conveyance features for urban and natural system water deliveries. These functions will be achieved by separating stormwater from seepage collected from WCA 3 and diverting stormwater from Western C-11 Basin and the C-9 Basin to the impoundments.

Project Status

On June 10, 2014, the project received congressional authorization in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014. Congressional authorization now makes this project eligible for funding during the appropriations process.

Record of Decision Signed - Oct 2012

BCWPA Chief's Report - May 2012

Project Details:

Project Sponsor:

South Florida Water Management District

Project Schedule:

For scheduling information regarding this project, please see the Master Implementation Sequencing Plan (MISP).

Project Phase:

Pre-Construction, Engineering and Design

Design Agreement:

12 May 2000

CERP Component Designation:

O, Q, R

Project Cooperation Agreement:



WRDA 2000 (Initially Authorized Project); WRRDA 2014



Project Contacts:

James Hourican
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Lisa Cannon
South Florida Water Management District

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