US Army Corps of Engineers
Jacksonville District

Turner visits south Florida

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District
Published July 1, 2015
Eva Porras (left), Construction Engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Herbert Hoover Dike Resident Office, shows USACE South Atlantic Division Commander Brig. Gen. David Turner (right) some key features of a culvert replacement project near Canal Point, Fla. USACE is working to replace 26 culverts which are seen as posing the biggest risk to the integrity of the dike; 16 of those culverts are currently under contract, with contract awards on the remaining 10 expected over the next four years.

Eva Porras (left), Construction Engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Herbert Hoover Dike Resident Office, shows USACE South Atlantic Division Commander Brig. Gen. David Turner (right) some key features of a culvert replacement project near Canal Point, Fla. USACE is working to replace 26 culverts which are seen as posing the biggest risk to the integrity of the dike; 16 of those culverts are currently under contract, with contract awards on the remaining 10 expected over the next four years.

Dr. Paul Gray (second from right), science coordinator for Audubon Florida, talks about the environmental benefits of Kissimmee River Restoration projects to senior leaders from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) South Atlantic Division and Jacksonville District. Also pictured are Tim Murphy, USACE Jacksonville District Deputy Engineer for Programs and Project Management, Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds, USACE Jacksonville District Deputy Commander for south Florida, Col. Alan Dodd, USACE Jacksonville District Commander, and Brig. Gen. David Turner, USACE South Atlantic Division Commander.

Dr. Paul Gray (second from right), science coordinator for Audubon Florida, talks about the environmental benefits of Kissimmee River Restoration projects to senior leaders from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) South Atlantic Division and Jacksonville District. Also pictured are Tim Murphy, USACE Jacksonville District Deputy Engineer for Programs and Project Management, Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds, USACE Jacksonville District Deputy Commander for south Florida, Col. Alan Dodd, USACE Jacksonville District Commander, and Brig. Gen. David Turner, USACE South Atlantic Division Commander.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is nearing completion of the S-65EX1 spillway on the Kissimmee River near Okeechobee.The spillway is expected to be finished later this year and is a key flood protection feature of the river restoration project.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is nearing completion of the S-65EX1 spillway on the Kissimmee River near Okeechobee.The spillway is expected to be finished later this year and is a key flood protection feature of the river restoration project.

A white egret sits along the banks of a restored portion of the Kissimmee River near Lorida, Fla. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District hope to complete restoration of 44 miles of the historic river channel by 2019.

A white egret sits along the banks of a restored portion of the Kissimmee River near Lorida, Fla. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District hope to complete restoration of 44 miles of the historic river channel by 2019.

Orlando Ramos-Gines (right), project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District, briefs the commander of the Corps' South Atlantic Division, Brig. Gen. David Turner, on construction progress at the C-44 Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area Project near Indiantown, Fla.  The briefing was part of a tour conducted June 23-24 where the general viewed ecosystem restoration and flood risk reduction projects in south Florida.

Orlando Ramos-Gines (right), project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District, briefs the commander of the Corps' South Atlantic Division, Brig. Gen. David Turner, on construction progress at the C-44 Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area Project near Indiantown, Fla. The briefing was part of a tour conducted June 23-24 where the general viewed ecosystem restoration and flood risk reduction projects in south Florida.

The commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Atlantic Division, Brig. Gen. David Turner, recently visited multiple projects in south Florida under jurisdiction of the Corps’ Jacksonville District.

Turner visited work sites along the Kissimmee River, Herbert Hoover Dike, and the C-44 Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area on June 23-24.  Turner was able to see progress first-hand on some of the Corps’ largest ecosystem restoration and flood control projects.

“The visit provided me with a better understanding of the complexities associated with the Central and Southern Florida Project,” said Turner.  “I enjoyed the visits with project staff and stakeholders in the area.”

At the Kissimmee River, Turner met with a scientist from Audubon Florida, who spoke about the success associated with restoration efforts already completed on the river.  Turner also toured the S-65EX1 Spillway project, which will help maintain the current level of flood protection on the river as work continues to restore the historic channel.

Turner met with Jacksonville District staff working on replacements of water control structures, or “culverts” along the east side of Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee.  The large culverts, many of which date back to the 1930s, have long been identified as a significant risk factor that could lead to a breach due to erosion around the structures.  Jacksonville District plans to replace 26 structures.  The district has awarded contracts on 16 of the structures since 2011; the remaining 10 are expected to be under contract in the next four years.

Turner also visited the C-44 Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area project, one of the major features of the larger Indian River Lagoon-South project authorized as part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP).  Jacksonville District completed the intake canal and access roads in 2014.  The project’s non-federal sponsor, the South Florida Water Management District, is currently constructing the Stormwater Treatment Area that will help clean water before it’s funneled into the St. Lucie Canal (C-44).  Jacksonville District plans to award a contract later this year for construction of the 3,400 acre reservoir that will store 50, acre-feet of water. 

“We appreciate the general’s visit to south Florida,” said Col. Alan Dodd, Jacksonville District Commander.  “It is always impressive to see restored sections of the Kissimmee River and know that we are making progress in all of our business lines.  South Atlantic Division continues to deliver great assistance.”