SFWMD Operates L-28 Pumps To Save Wildlife From Ongoing High Water
Aug. 4, 2017
Western Miami-Dade County, FL – The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has installed three temporary pumps that will add to ongoing efforts to alleviate the high water emergency in Water Conservation Area (WCA) 3A caused by heavy summer rainfall.
"Pumping to reduce the amount of standing water in WCA 3A is crucial because the longer it remains, the more damage it will inflict upon animals and delicate tree islands," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe. "This latest effort is another testament to our hard-working staff, who have quickly devised and implemented several measures aimed at providing critical relief during this ongoing emergency situation."
Staff from SFWMD's Miami, Okeechobee and Clewiston field stations cooperated on the project, which installed three pumps along the L-28 levee. A fourth pump will be installed by next week. All four pumps combined will be able to move 200 cubic feet per second (cfs) from Water Conservation Area 3A west to the Big Cypress National Preserve. The pumps will be able to run 24-hours-per day until the high water emergency in the conservation area is alleviated.