Operations & Maintenance
Congressional Districts: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27
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, and 57 railroad relocations (bridges). 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.
|Allocation for FY18
|President’s Budget FY19
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
The completed portion of the project is maintained under the annual operations and maintenance budget. The O&M funding allocated for FY 2018 will be expended for the annual operation and routine maintenance of 144-mile Herbert Hoover Dike and a 155 mile long low use, shallow draft inland navigation channel along Lake Okeechobee. Also, funds will be expended for routine operation and maintenance. $9.4 Million of O&M funding will be expended to repair and replace culverts, and perform bank stabilization along the C-43 and C-44 canals, which will help reduce the critical maintenance backlog to $81 million. FY 2018 funds will be expended for sustainability energy audits, operation and maintenance of campgrounds, visitor center, picnic sites, boat ramps, visitor and recreation facilities that server over two million visitors within the C&SF project. FY 2018 funds will be expended on environmental activities to help the management of threatened and endangered species, land use management activities, 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.