July 5, 2018

Watch Latest Video Update on SFWMD Efforts to Alleviate High Water Emergency Situation
Latest measures taken to lower water levels include installing temporary pumps, raising water level in L-29 Canal
Click on the image to watch the latest video update from SFWMD Chief Engineer John Mitnik on the installation of temporary pumps and other measures being taken to alleviate the high water emergency situation.

West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) today released its latest video update to inform the public of the latest efforts to alleviate the high water emergency caused by record rainfall throughout South Florida.
The video update can be seen by clicking HERE or visiting the SFWMD website dedicated to the high water emergency situation, www.sfwmd.gov/managinghighwater. This website contains the latest operation information, as well as weekly video updates, where SFWMD Chief Engineer John Mitnik explains current water conditions as well as the actions taken to lower lake levels and move more water south through the conservation areas.
The record rainfall in May caused Lake Okeechobee to rise more than a foot, which led the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to begin releases from the lake on June 1 to the northern estuaries. At the same time, this record rainfall inundated the water conservation areas, causing them to rise above their regulation schedules.
In response to this record rainfall, Gov. Rick Scott directed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to issue an emergency order that expedites the ability of SFWMD and other agencies to take action to lower water levels in the conservation areas, creating capacity to take water from Lake Okeechobee to reduce the need for estuary releases.
SFWMD is taking every action within its authority to lower water levels, including storing water on public and private lands, utilizing every available structure and installing temporary pumps to move water.
SFWMD has installed several temporary pumps to increase the amount of water that can be moved out of the water conservation areas, creating capacity to take water from Lake Okeechobee. This week, USACE officials also agreed to raise the water levels in the L-29 Canal in Miami-Dade County, a measure requested by SFWMD that will significantly increase the amount of water that can be moved south out of Water Conservation Area 3A.
As more measures are implemented, details will be available on the Managing High Water website.
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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