The project will restore Sweetwater Branch sheetflow to Paynes Prairie and at a minimum this project is expected to provide the following benefits:
–Restore (re-hydrate) over 1,300 acres of formerly-impacted wetlands in Paynes Prairie
–Cost effectively attain regulatory water quality requirements for the City of Gainesville and the Florida Department of Transportation
–Create about 125 acres of high-quality wetland wildlife habitat and a public use area for bird-watching and nature study within the Sweetwater Branch Wetland Park
–Naturally assimilate nutrients, sediments and other pollutants in Sweetwater Branch in order to protect Alachua Sink and the Floridan Aquifer
–Restore part of the overall water balance to Paynes Prairie, which has been impacted by diversion of water from the Prairie at Prairie Creek.
–Add additional conservation lands to the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park.
Stu Pearson, P.E.
Alice Rankeillor, P.E.