Nov. 22, 2019

Big Cypress Basin Utilizing New Structure on Curry Canal to Ensure Water Supply, Protect Natural Areas

SFWMD's Big Cypress Basin is utilizing this new water control structure on the Curry Canal to hold groundwater levels higher to protect natural areas and ensure adequate water supply in the basin during the dry season. Click on the image to see a larger version.

NAPLES, Fla. - With the region entering the dry season, the Big Cypress Basin (BCB) in Collier County is utilizing a new water control structure on the Curry Canal that will help ensure adequate water supply for the basin's residents and the environment.

"Water is the most valuable natural resource in the world and ensuring enough water for all of South Florida to live and thrive is one of our core missions," said BCB Chair and SFWMD Governing Board Member Charlette Roman. "This new structure on the Curry Canal will protect natural areas and the environment by holding groundwater levels higher in the dry season as well as helping to ensure enough water supply for the region's needs."

The new water control structure, recently completed by the BCB, is approximately 150 feet south of Immokalee Road on the Curry Canal. Its three water control gates are capable of moving 350 cubic feet per second of water. 

The structure provides the capability to hold groundwater levels higher in the dry season, helping to ensure adequate water supply for families, businesses and the environment within the BCB area, which includes Collier and mainland portions of Monroe County.

For more updates on SFWMD's work:
Media Contact: 
Randy Smith |   rrsmith@sfwmd.gov    |  Office: 561-682-6197  |  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 safeguard and restore South Florida's water resources and ecosystems, protect our communities from flooding, and meet the region's water needs while connecting with the public and stakeholders.

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