For the past 29 years the Wetlands have been discharging flow nearly continuously. Billions of gallons of water have rushed out of the final pipe into the canal that carries the flow to the St Johns River. Starting in late February 2017, the outfall side slopes at the point of discharge are being replaced. Contractor CE James was awarded a rapid response repair project to replace the concrete reinforced side slopes. The contractor will be installing large mats of articulating concrete blocks, which are solid concrete blocks that are cabled together with steel. This new system of protection for the discharge canal should ensure that it is protected for the next 100 years. The project was completed in April 2017.