WEST PALM BEACH, FL — The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has awarded a contract to Parsons Brinckerhoff for construction management services in connection with a water quality restoration project in the Everglades.

The C-44 Reservoir/Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) Project is part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), which sets out a long-term plan for restoring, protecting, and preserving the water resources of central and southern Florida, including the Everglades.

The C-44 Canal discharges into the Indian River Lagoon and the St. Lucie Estuary. In the last several years, high levels of polluted storm water runoff have affected the recreational interests and livelihoods of local residents and businesses. The purpose of the C-44 Reservoir/STA project is to build wetlands, canals, culverts, discharge structures, and embankments that will capture local runoff from the C-44 Basin, treat it naturally, and return it to the C-44 Canal. This project will improve water quality by reducing the level of nutrients, pesticides, herbicides, and other pollutants currently discharged into the estuary. The project will also reduce the force of the water being released, so that damage to the ecosystem is minimized during storms.

Under its contract, Parsons Brinckerhoff will support the SFWMD by ensuring the STA is constructed to proper standards so that it meets the established water quality goals. Paul Demit, Senior Vice President and Director of Parsons Brinckerhoff’s water practice notes, “The South Florida Water Management District is serving a critical role in the restoration of the Everglades. Parsons Brinckerhoff is pleased to support the District on a project that will positively impact the way of life for Floridians and improve the natural habitat for future generations.”

Parsons Brinckerhoff is a leader in developing and operating infrastructure around the world, with 14,000 employees dedicated to meeting the needs of clients and communities in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia-Pacific regions. The firm offers skills and resources in strategic consulting, planning, engineering, program/construction management, and operations for transportation, power, mining, water/wastewater/water resources, and community development projects. Parsons Brinckerhoff is the professional services division of Balfour Beatty, an international infrastructure services organization that also provides construction services, support services, and infrastructure investments (www.pbworld.com).