Three Sisters Springs Bank Stabilization Project

Manatees-2563

Project Overview
The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will be restoring the shoreline around Three Sisters Springs to repair the eroded shoreline and prevent future erosion. These improvements will benefit the Crystal River/Kings Bay spring system by restoring habitat, including critical manatee habitat, and increasing the safety for people.

Background
The shoreline surrounding the springs is eroded and undercut from years of manatee and human activity. The erosion has caused sediments to enter the spring vents and shoreline tree collapse, which has resulted in loss of habitat. These conditions also are a safety concern for visitors.

Project Details
The shoreline around the springs will be stabilized by filling undercut bank areas with soil bags and reinforcing the shoreline with limestone boulders. In addition, a variety of native wetland plants will be installed on the restored shoreline. These plants will provide additional shoreline stabilization, help reduce the impacts of stormwater runoff and improve the appearance of Three Sisters Springs.

For safety, the entire property and all access to the springs will be closed to the public during the project.

Project Partners
Project partners include: the District, the City of Crystal River, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

The Three Sisters Springs property is co-owned by the District and the City of Crystal River. It is managed by the City of Crystal River and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Project Timeline
District funding for this project has been approved. Construction is expected to begin April 2016 and be complete before November 2016. The project will conclude before the start of manatee season and will not interfere with manatees seeking winter refuge in the springs.

Join the District’s Springs Team on April 12 at 5:30 p.m. to learn more about the project through a presentation and time of Q&A. The meeting will be held at the City of Crystal River’s City Hall.

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