Aug. 18, 2017

SFWMD Temporary Pump Installation to Ease High Water Emergency in Water Conservation Areas
Pump installation will close two boat ramps and part of parking lot at Loxahatchee Road Boat Ramp

Click on map to see where SFWMD will install temporary pumps to help alleviate the high water emergency in the water conservation areas.
WHAT: 
The South Florida Water Management District will begin work on Monday to install three temporary pumps. These pumps will be located in southern Palm Beach County just west of the S-39 structure on the southern border of Water Conservation Area (WCA) 2 in Broward County and Water Conservation Area 1, also known as the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Measuring in at  42 inches in diameter, these pumps will move a combined 250-300 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water from WCA-2 north into WCA-1 and then to tide. This is the latest effort to help alleviate the high water emergency, caused by extreme rainfall in June and July, that is threatening wildlife in the water conservation areas. 
      
The temporary pump installation will require the temporary closure of two of the four boat ramps located at the Loxahatchee Road Boat Ramp on the southern border of the Loxahatchee Refuge and the western part of the parking lot. These closures are expected to begin on Monday, Aug. 21 and last through Nov. 30. During this emergency pumping the remaining two boat ramps will stay open for access.

WHEN: 
Monday, Aug. 21 - Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

WHERE: 
Loxahatchee Road Boat Ramp
15000 block of Loxahatchee Road
Parkland, FL 33076

MORE:
Learn more about SFWMD's efforts to control flooding and alleviate the high water emergency in the water conservation areas at www.sfwmd.gov/our-work/flood-control.
 
Media Contact: 
Randy Smith  |   rrsmith@sfwmd.gov    |  Office: 561-682-2800  |  Cell: 561-389-3386
The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts. Our mission is to protect South Florida's water resources by balancing and improving flood control, water supply, water quality and natural systems.

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