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  • USACE announces public comment on proposed seepage cutoff wall in the 8.5 Square Mile Area

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District announces a 30-day public comment period for the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Proposed Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) proposed construction of a seepage cutoff wall in the L-357W levee. The Jacksonville District, in response to a request from the SFWMD, is evaluating a modification to an existing Central and Southern Florida (C&SF) Project pursuant to 33 U.S.C. 408 (Section 408) to improve seepage management in the 8.5 Square Mile Area (SMA), also known as the Las Palmas community. The proposed action would be in Miami-Dade County. Improved seepage management would allow for greater operational flexibility of the Central and Southern Florida Project. Comments are due April 9, 2021.
  • Corps continues flows from Lake O, supports firefighting in Everglades National Park

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will continue flows from the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam (S-79) to the Caloosahatchee estuary at a 7-day average rate of 457 cubic feet per second (cfs). Flows to the St. Lucie estuary remain at zero cfs as measured at the St. Lucie Lock and Dam (S-80). Releases are made in a pulse pattern which begin on Saturday. In addition, our partners at the South Florida Water Management District have coordinated with the Corps as they mobilize pumps and modify water management operations to help control a wildfire in Everglades National Park.
  • Corps to raise water level in Tamiami Trail canal

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has taken several steps over the weekend to address high water levels in conservation areas west of Fort Lauderdale and Miami. On Sunday (July 1), the Corps raised the maximum allowable level in the L-29 Canal to elevation 8.0 feet, a 0.5-foot increase from its current level. Raising the water level in this canal will increase flows under the one-mile Tamiami Trail bridge built by the Corps, and make it possible to move more water from Water Conservation Area 3 (WCA-3) which sits north of the canal.
  • Corps continues to reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will reduce flows from Lake Okeechobee. Starting Friday (Dec. 1), the target flow for the Caloosahatchee Estuary will be reduced to 4,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) as measured at Moore Haven Lock & Dam (S-77). The target flow for the St. Lucie Estuary will be reduced to 1,800 cfs as measured at St. Lucie Lock & Dam (S-80) near Stuart.
  • Corps continues to address water challenges in south Florida

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deputy commander for south Florida, Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds, told local elected officials this morning the agency continues to work through water management challenges in south Florida.
  • Corps approves request for increased Everglades’ flows

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Atlantic Division has approved a request from Florida Governor Rick Scott for deviation from its water control plan for a key Everglades reservoir located west of Miami. The deviation raises water levels in the L-29 canal, which runs along the north side of the Tamiami Trail (US Hwy 41) between Water Conservation Area 3 (WCA-3) and Everglades National Park. The WCA-3 water control plan limited those levels to elevation 7.5 feet (NGVD). The deviation raises the levels as high as elevation 8.5 feet, which would allow more water to flow from WCA-3 to Everglades National Park.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District to host Everglades Restoration workshop

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District will host a public workshop June 28 on the Combined Operational Plan (COP).