Restoring America’s Everglades
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District have been working together to construct a series of projects intended to restore and protect America’s Everglades. One portion of this restoration effort has been the design of the Indian River Lagoon-South C-44 Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area in Martin County, Florida. This project will be one of the largest environmental undertakings to date for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney (FL-16) stated, “The Indian River Lagoon project is a key component of overall Everglades restoration. Constructing the C-44 reservoir means a cleaner lagoon, healthier fish and wildlife, and reduced toxic algal blooms.”
Conrad Yelvington Distributors, working in partnership with MidSouth Materials’ Warren County Quarry, developed a specialized drain sand product to meet the stringent ACOE specifications, and in April 2016, began supplying the four year project with the drain sand via their Fort Lauderdale aggregate terminal. The project calls for approximately 550,000 tons of drain sand which will be used to filter the water in the reservoir. To date, around 35% of the order (200,000+ tons) has been produced and shipped with satisfaction regarding quality, particle size analysis, and quantity requirements.