The Alligator Creek Habitat Restoration Project is located on a 1,600-acre site that is owned and managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and is part of the Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park. The site is located south of Punta Gorda and abuts Charlotte Harbor proper.
The restoration activities in the current phase of work include construction of six project areas (4, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 15), which were identified in an overall site feasibility study completed in 2000. The six areas identified involve the restoration of approximately 125 acres of coastal ecosystems through hydrologic restoration of mosquito ditches, removal of exotic plant species, the creation of a filter marsh system, and one year of quarterly site maintenance. This project is adjacent to and will complement 735 acres of previously restored habitats on site. The project includes areas that have been extensively ditched. While some native plant communities exist, some areas are dominated by various non-native and nuisance plant species such as Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius). This is a Surface Water Improvement and Management Program (SWIM) sponsored project of the District. The overall project is being performed in conjunction with FDEP.