The C-111 is an important artery in south Florida's water management infrastructure. This wide canal serves to channel flood water away from western Miami-Dade County during the rainy wet season.
The C-111 has serious impacts on the health of both Biscayne and Everglades National Parks. The canal diverts a large volume of freshwater away from most coastal wetlands, then deposits this flow in an artificially high concentration in northeastern Florida Bay. As a consequence, these coastal areas, and the wildlife they support, experience regular disruptions to their natural levels of salinity.
The C-111 project seeks to fill the southern portion of the waterway and replace it with an east-west "spreader" canal. This new feature would distribute flood waters in a more natural fashion over a broad expanse of coastal wetlands in northeast Florida Bay. When implemented, the project will help restore the ecosystems around Taylor Slough, while providing flood protection to the C-111 basin.
Did You Know?
Over the course of thousands of years, the natural communities of South Florida have become well adapted to the devastating effects of seasonal hurricanes. In fact, such storms are considered an important element in the long-term health of the Everglades.