May 2, 2018

SFWMD to Host Industry Day for C-43 Reservoir Project
Event will be held in preparation for major construction contract related to the restoration project

West Palm Beach, FL - Ahead of bidding for a major construction contract, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is hosting an Industry Day next week for the Caloosahatchee River (C-43) West Basin Storage Reservoir project. The purpose of the event is to improve the construction industry's understanding of the District's requirements for the project and answer general questions.
The District is seeking a contractor to build the reservoir's water control structures and more than 16 miles of embankments that will rise up to 38 feet above the project site. This part of the project is currently under design. A prequalification process for contractors interested in bidding on the work will begin in May 2018, with awarding of the contract planned for early 2019.
The Industry Day will be conducted in two parts:
Project Overview
Monday, May 7, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Palm Beach County Planning and Zoning Auditorium
2300 N. Jog Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
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Field Visit to Project Site
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 10 a.m.

3338 Congen Road
LaBelle, FL 33935
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RSVP: For planning and logistical purposes, anyone interested in participating should RSVP to Bonnie Cantrell ( by submitting your company name, address and names of individuals attending. Please indicate attendance for Days 1 and 2. Due to rough terrain, a four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended for the field visit.
About the C-43 Reservoir
A component of the state-federal Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), the C-43 Reservoir in Hendry County will be able to hold up to 170,000 acre-feet of water from the Caloosahatchee River. The reservoir will be able to reduce the frequency of damaging discharges to the Caloosahatchee Estuary from Lake Okeechobee during wetter periods. During drier periods, it will provide the Caloosahatchee Estuary with a much-needed supply of fresh water to help balance salinity levels necessary for seagrasses and wildlife to thrive.
Components of the project that are either under construction or complete include:
  • Preloading and demolition work on the project site was completed in August 2017.
  • Construction of the S-476 Pump Station, the smaller of two pump stations associated with the project, is well underway and scheduled for completion later this year.
  • The SFWMD Governing Board awarded a $58.5 million contract in December 2017 to build the main inflow pump station. Construction began in March 2018.
Media Contact: 
Randy Smith  |    |  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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