DEP & SFWMD To Move Forward With Installing Temporary Pumps.
Operation will move additional water from flooded Everglades Water Conservation Area.
“This operation will further reduce water levels in the water conservation areas and beneficially move more clean water through Everglades National Park to relieve discharge pressures on the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries.”
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued the following news bulletin at 4:39 PM/E today.
“The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and South Florida Water Management District today announced they are moving forward with the rental, installation and operation of four temporary pumps to move additional water from the flooded Everglades Water Conservation Area 3 in Miami-Dade and Broward counties into Everglades National Park.
“Under the state of emergency declared by Governor Rick Scott last week, DEP and our local partners are taking action to address flooding in the Everglades and the discharges from Lake Okeechobee,” said DEP Secretary Jon Steverson. “This operation will further reduce water levels in the water conservation areas and beneficially move more clean water through Everglades National Park to relieve discharge pressures on the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries.”
The temporary pumps will move additional clean water south through Shark River Slough by pumping a minimum of 129 million gallons of additional water per day out of the conservation area.
“Governor Scott’s state of emergency and DEP’s emergency order have allowed us to take swift action in adding these pumps to our flood control operations, sending additional clean water into Everglades National Park,” said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O’Keefe. “The District continues working to relieve high water levels throughout the system and provide relief from the unprecedented conditions.”
On Feb. 26, 2016, Governor Rick Scott signed Executive Order 16-59, which declares a state of emergency in Lee, Martin and St. Lucie counties, following heavy rainfall that resulted in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers frequently discharging water from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries.
By raising the L-29 canal level on Feb. 15, 2016, per an order from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and at the request of Governor Rick Scott, the SFWMD has been able to move more than 11 billion gallons of clean water from the conservation area through the L-29 canal and into Northeast Shark River Slough in Everglades National Park.”