Caloosahatchee Blues

I tried to visit the S-79 a couple weeks ago …

But was thwarted.

Eta-fueled high water releases at the S-79 have subsided

The viewing platform was closed because of Covid-19.

The good news: I was able to get some photos from further upstream.

And the data was also completely assessible online.

This calendar chart shows how Eta compared to previous release events. It uses the same color coding as the hydrograph above. Green indicates the desired discharge envelope for the downstream estuary.

While many focus in the flow rate for any one day, I’ve always tried to frame the flows relative to the big picture, going years and decades back, and also understand the history of how past drainage works built the water management framework we have along the river today.

Below is more explanation on the history of the Caloosahatchee.

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