CERP Project: Site 1 Impoundment

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    Fran Reich Preserve/ Site 1 Impoundment Project Area
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    Drinking water supplies and the natural ecosystem both benefit from the restoration efforts.
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    Water currently discharged to the Hillsboro Canal will be available for use during the dry season.
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    Phase One includes modifications to an existing levee and construction of a six-acre wildlife wetland area.
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    Benefits include reduction of natural seepage and water demands on the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.

The purpose of this project is to supplement water deliveries to the Hillsboro Canal by capturing and storing excess water currently discharged to the Intracoastal Waterway. These supplemental deliveries will reduce demands on Lake Okeechobee and the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. The impoundment pool will also provide groundwater recharge, reduce seepage from adjacent natural areas, and prevent saltwater intrusion by releasing impounded water back to the Hillsboro Canal when conditions dictate. Some measure of flood mitigation may also be provided along with water quality improvement.

Site 1 Map

The selected plan includes an 1,800-acre project footprint with a 1,660-acre, approximately 8 foot deep, above-ground impoundment (13,280 acre-feet capacity) with an inflow pump station, discharge gated culvert, emergency overflow spillway, and seepage control canal with associated structures. Water from the Hillsboro Canal will be pumped into the reservoir during the wet season or periods when excess water is available and released back to help maintain canal stages during the dry season.

What's New - Site 1 Impoundment

Project Details:

Project Sponsor:

South Florida Water Management District

Project Schedule:

For scheduling information regarding this project, please see the Master Implementation Sequencing Plan (MISP).

Project Phase:

Pre-Construction, Engineering and Design

Design Agreement:

12 May 2000

CERP Component Designation:

M Part 1

Project Cooperation Agreement:



WRDA 2007




Project Contacts:

Stephen Baisden
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Matthew Morrison
South Florida Water Management District

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