THE EVERGLADES, FLA. (WSVN) - Local leaders celebrated breaking ground on a project to support Everglades restoration.

South Florida water management district officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of an underground seepage wall in Las Palmas, Friday.

The eight-and-a-half square mile area will be dedicated to protecting the Everglades and help mitigate flooding for residents.

“This is a demonstration that you can enhance and protect the environment and also protect the homes and the farms that are crucial to our way of life,” U.S. Rep. Carlos Gimenez, R-Fla., said.

The underground concrete wall will span over 2 miles and help move more water south of the Everglades and into the Florida Bay.

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