Monday, October 18, 2010

CERP Awards $1,601,216

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District awarded $1,601,216 for the design and construction of a biocontrol rearing facility in Davie, Fla. The annex will contain two laboratories, four scientists' offices and support systems adjacent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Invasive Plant Research Facility.

The Corps awarded the contract to Native American Service Corp., a small disadvantaged business located in Orange Park, Fla. Funding for the contract comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Program.

The Melaleuca Mass Rearing Annex is part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) to help combat invasive plants in the Everglades. The decades-long endeavor will help prevent invasive species from degrading and damaging natural south Florida ecosystems, and contribute to the quality of south Florida's natural areas, native plants and wildlife.

Click here to view the finalized Project Implementation Report.