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Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 1:34 pm | Updated: 9:08 pm, Fri Feb 21, 2014.

FLORIDA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Environmental advocates say a major Everglades restoration project that started operations last year is exceeding expectations.

The so-called C-111 Spreader Canal opened in January 2013. It was designed to plug an existing canal and keep millions gallons of water from seeping out of Everglades National Park.

Audubon Florida officials say the project has redirected water into a slough that leads through the park into Florida Bay, helping to rehydrate wetlands that had lost too much water to a flood control system and other development in Miami-Dade County.

The group's state director of research says the C-111 project is performing "beyond even the best expectations." Jerry Lorenz also says habitat for wading birds, fish and other Florida wildlife is improving in the bay, where salinity levels are dropping.

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