CERP Project:
Henderson Creek-Belle Meade Restoration

The area known as Belle Meade is the primary drainage basin for the Henderson Creek Estuary, which drains into Rookery Bay. Changes in land use within the primary watersheds draining into Rookery Bay have been identified as the highest priority resource issue that threatens the long-term preservation of the research reserve's estuarine resources. The purpose of this feature in Collier County is to restore historic sheetflow to the estuary, treatment of stormwater, improvement of water quality and increase in habitat value and wetland functions.

The project includes multiple individual elements, that complement each other, forming a larger-scale combined effect: a 10-acre stormwater lake/marsh filtering system; four culverts under State Road 951; hydrologic restoration around Manatee Basin including culverts, ditching, removal of some roadbed; invasive, exotic plant removal; a public access point and interpretive boardwalk; construction of a swale and spreader system; and removal of the Road-to-Nowhere.

Project Details:

Project Sponsor:

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Project Schedule:

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

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Design Agreement:


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Project Cooperation Agreement:



WRDA 2000 (Programmatic Authority)


Project Contacts:

Michael Collis
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers