Audubon is a strong proponent of working with landowners to rehydrate historic wetlands

   January 07, 2021    

By Audubon Florida 

Brighton Valley Project Removes Nutrients and Improves Habitat

Audubon helped celebrate the inauguration of the Brighton Valley Dispersed Water Management Project on September 17, 2020. This joint project between the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and Lykes Bothers, Inc. (Lykes) near the Kissimmee River will redirect excess water from the C-41A canal onto 8,143 acres of shallow reservoir on Lykes property (more than 12 square miles).

Lykes will be paid to store and treat between 40,000-90,000 acre-feet of water annually (1) in this shallow reservoir, removing an estimated three tons of phosphorus and 27 tons of nitrogen pollution. The reservoir will be operated during wet periods at the direction of the SFWMD. 

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