June 22, 2018

SFWMD Temporary Pump Installation to Lower Water Levels 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.
WHAT: 
The South Florida Water Management District will begin work on Friday to install two temporary pumps. These pumps will be located in southern Palm Beach County just west of the S-39 structure on the border of Water Conservation Area (WCA) 2A 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 170-200 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water from WCA-2A north into WCA-1 and then to tide. This is one of several measures enabled by an emergency order from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to help move more water out of the conservation areas and lower levels in Lake Okeechobee following record May rainfall.
 
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 Friday and last for the duration of the emergency pumping. The remaining two boat ramps will stay open for access.
 
WHEN: 
Beginning Friday, June 22, 2018

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

MORE:
Learn more about SFWMD's efforts to alleviate high water levels in the water conservation areas at www.sfwmd.gov/managinghighwater.
 
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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