C&SF (O&M)

June 2021

FACT SHEET

C&SF (O&M)
Operations and Maintenance
Congressional Districts:  5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27

1. DESCRIPTION

The project, covering an area of some 16,000 square miles, lies generally within the southeasterly 18 counties of Florida. It is comprised of the upper St. Johns River Basin, located in the northeastern section of the project; the Kissimmee River Basin, in the central section above Lake Okeechobee; the Lake Okeechobee-Everglades area in the central and southwestern section; and the East Coast-Everglades in the southeastern section. The project is for flood risk management and water conservation and provides principally for: an East Coast Protective Levee extending from the Homestead area north to the eastern shore of Lake Okeechobee near St. Lucie Canal; three conservation areas for water impoundment in the Everglades area west of the East Coast Protective Levee, with control structures to effect transfer of water as necessary; local protection works along the lower east coast; encirclement of the Lake Okeechobee agricultural area by levees and canals; enlargement of portions of Miami, North New River, Hillsboro, and West Palm Beach canals; enlargement of existing Lake Okeechobee levees and construction of new levees on the northeast and northwest shores of the lake; increased outlet capacity for improved control of Lake Okeechobee; floodway channels in the Kissimmee River Basin, with suitable control structures to prevent over drainage; an interrelated system of canals, levees, pumping stations and structures in the southwest Dade County to control water levels; and facilities for risk management of floods in the upper St. Johns River Basin. The project will provide water control and protection from the recurrence of devastating floodwaters from the Everglades and local sources, for the highway-developed urban area along the lower east coast of Florida, and for the productive agricultural areas around Lake Okeechobee (including the towns around the lake), in the upper St. Johns and Kissimmee River Basins, and in south Dade County. Project also provides for navigation improvement suitable for recreational craft, consisting of locks and channel dredging in the upper Kissimmee and St. Johns River Basins. The project includes a total of 89 miles of levees, 954 miles of canals, 30 pumping plants, 192 floodway control and diversion structures, 26 navigation locks, 57 railroad relocations (bridges), and USACE managed campground and visitor center at the W. P. Franklin Lock & Dam. There are many diverse recreational user groups that utilize these Water Conservation Areas, Canals and levees for hunting, fishing, bird watching, boating (motorized and non-motorized), hiking, and biking.

2. FUNDING

a. Regular Civil Works Funds:

Allocation for FY21 $22,038,000
President's Budget FY22 $23,600,000

 

b. P.L. 115-123: Bi-Partisan Budget Act of 2018, Supplemental:

Current Working Estimate $15,000,000
Allocation thru FY18 $15,000,000
Allocation for FY19 $0

 

b. P.L. 116-136: CARES Act of 2020, Supplemental:

Current Working Estimate $84,100
Allocation thru FY20 $84,100
Allocation for FY21 $0

3. SPONSORS

South Florida Water Management District
3301 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, Florida 33406

St. John’s Water Management District
P.O. Box 1429
Palatka, Florida 32178-1429

4. STATUS

The completed portion of the project is maintained under the annual operations and maintenance (O&M) budget. The O&M funding allocated for FY 2021 will be expended for the routine annual operation and maintenance of 144-mile Herbert Hoover Dike, the Water Conservation Areas, and a shallow draft inland navigation channel along Lake Okeechobee. FY 2021 funds will be expended on environmental stewardship activities to help the management of threatened and endangered species, land use and boundary management, and support for the eradication and control of invasive species. Activities also include the meteorological monitoring, and water management activities, stream gauging stations, and water quality management required for proper regulation of Lake Okeechobee and the storage of water in conservation areas 1, 2, and 3. FY2021 funding will be used for specific work activities that include $1,350,000 to redevelop the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual, $197,000, to perform periodic inspection and reports for Herbert Hoover Dike and WP Franklin Lock and Dam, and $93,000 for sustainability and cost savings improvements to replace the potable water delivery system to WP Franklin Recreation Areas. Also, FY2021 funds will be expended for the operation and maintenance of recreation facilities that include campgrounds, visitor center, picnic sites, boat ramps, land and water access sites that serve over three million visitors.

P.L. 115-123: Bi-Partisan Budget Act of 2018, Supplemental Funding will be used to complete the critical repairs to Herbert Hoover Dike Tieback along Indian Prairie Canal, Harney Pond Canal and at Taylor Creek. Supplemental Funding will also be used to make critical repairs to FRM Project Gages and Equipment, as well as replace damaged boat barriers and buoys at FRM structures.

P.L. 116-136: CARES Act 2020, Supplemental funding will be used to add additional funds to the grounds keeping contract, NISH, for cleaning supplies and materials.  This contract is managed at the South Florida Operations Office