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Dear Friends and Neighbors of Everglades National Park:

Everglades National Park is pleased to announce the completion and public release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Tamiami Trail Modifications: Next Steps Project. The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 (H.R. 1105; P.L. 111-008, March 11, 2009) directed the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service to evaluate the feasibility of additional bridging of the Tamiami Trail beyond that currently being constructed, pursuant to the Modified Water Deliveries to Everglades National Park Project (16 U.S.C. ยง 410r-S). The FEIS was prepared by Everglades National Park in technical collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. During the course of the preparation of the FEIS, the National Park Service worked with a Project Delivery Team consisting of other federal, state, local government representatives in the methodology as well as the subsequent evaluation of alternatives presented in the document. Representatives from the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida also participated in these meetings and provided substantive comments.

The preferred plan identified in the FEIS would add 5.5 miles of bridging to the current 1-mile bridge under construction, increasing the total amount of bridge span within the 10.7-mile corridor to 6.5 miles. When coupled with other planned restoration projects, the additional bridging would provide for unconstrained flow of water to Northeast Shark River Slough, Everglades National Park. The increased water volumes and improved flow distributions will re-establish seasonal water depths and flooding durations that are critical to the survival of many fish and wildlife species, including the federally endangered Wood Stork, Everglades Snail Kite, and Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow, and state listed Roseate Spoonbill.


Sincerely,

Dan B. Kimball
Superintendent, Everglades National Park
Contact Information
Everglades National Park
Tamiami Trail Next Steps Project
40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034-6733


For further information, contact:
Bruce Boler at 305-224-4234