WRDA – Florida Projects:
· Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, Caloosahatchee River (C-43) West Basin Storage Project, FL: Authorizes $626.6 million for a project to reduce harmful discharges to the Caloosahatchee Estuary by capturing a portion of high flow releases from Lake Okeechobee and basin runoff from the lower West Caloosahatchee River Basin during the wet season.
· Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, Caloosahatchee River C-111 Spreader Canal Western Project, FL: Authorizes $174.56 million for a project to modify the existing C-111 Canal to change the flow of ground and surface water as a first step in the restoration of the southeastern portion of the Everglades ecosystem.
· Central and Southern FL Project, Broward County Water Preserve Area, FL: Authorizes $896.14 million for a project to address loss of ecosystem function within the Everglades and also addresses insufficient quantities of water available during dry periods.
· Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, Biscayne Bay Coast Wetlands Phase I Project, Miami-Dade County, FL: Authorizes $197.02 million for a project to redistribute freshwater runoff from the watershed away from the existing canal discharges and into the coastal wetlands adjoining Biscayne Bay.
· Jacksonville Harbor – Milepoint, FL: Authorizes $37.16 million for a project to reduce the ebb tide crosscurrents at the confluence of the St. Johns River with the IWW.
· Canaveral Harbor, FL: Authorizes $41.07 million for a project for harbor deepening at Canaveral Harbor.
· Walton County, FL: Authorizes $132.3 million for a project for Hurricane and Storm Damage reduction.
· Lake Worth Inlet, FL: Authorizes $88.53 million for a project for navigation at Lake Worth Inlet.
· Jacksonville Harbor, FL: Authorizes $600.9 million for a project for deepening at Jacksonville Harbor.
· Florida Keys Water Quality Improvements: Modifies an existing authorization for water quality improvements in the Florida Keys to allow assistance to unincorporated communities.
· Non-Federal Pilot Programs: Directs the Secretary to establish and implement a pilot program to evaluate the cost-effectiveness and project delivery efficiency of allowing non-Federal interests to carry out flood risk management, hurricane and storm damage reduction, and coastal harbor and channel and inland harbor navigation projects.
· Assumption of O&M: Authorizes the Secretary to assume operation and maintenance of a navigation channel that is deepened by a non-Federal interest prior to December 31, 2014 if the Secretary determines certain criteria are met.
· Central and Southern Florida Canal: Makes a technical correction necessary for the project to proceed. The provision allows credit for lands acquired by the non-federal sponsor to fulfill the Department of the Interior’s obligation to provide land for the project.
· HMTF: Makes a number of reforms to the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) to increase use of the Fund for Operation and Maintenance (O&M) for navigation channels and to provide equity for ports nationwide.