SFWMD District pumping water to Nicodemus Slough

   January 30, 2015    

To increase storage of freshwater releases from Lake Okeechobee and help protect Florida estuaries, state water management officials are taking new action.

The South Florida Water Management District said Friday they’ve begun full-capacity pumping into the new Nicodemus Slough water storage area in Glades County.

"Working in concert with efforts to capture water on public and private lands and move water south, Nicodemus Slough provides some relief now to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries," said SFWMD Executive Director Blake Guillory said in a news release. "The project also adds to our critical storage options in the interim while regional projects now under construction — and making progress — are completed."

It may take approximately six weeks of round-the-clock operations to fill the the slough.

The project can store an average of 34 thousand acre-feet of water, or about 11 billion gallons a year.

SFWMD says six new projects approved in December are under development.

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