Caloosahatchee gets help

A new round of Lake releases is underway on the Caloosahatchee.

This one is a double and expected to last two weeks.

Work is also in motion to build a 170,000 acre reservoir along its banks.

Its goal is to divert water away from the estuary during times of high flow and to have it ready on hand for a “sunny” day (aka the dry season) when too much saltwater is creeping up into the river from below …

Not to mention ensuring the supply of non-salty water to the intake pipes at Olga.

At 265 square miles, it will be one big reservoir –
About a quarter the size of horizon-stretching Big Cypress Nat’l Preserve.

And giant still compared to the two weeks of water being released through the S79, which at 650 cubic feet per second equates to around 250 Fenway Parks downstream (as filled in fair play to the top of the Green Monster).

On the high end of the spectrum, the tables are turned:

We’re always one major storm away from overwhelming all the inland storage we have here in south Florida.

Case in point was Fay in August 2008:

It sent in excess of 10,000 cfs per day through the S79 for two straight weeks at its peak, which by themselves – and not counting the rest of the wet season to follow – would flood the reservoir 20 inches deep.

I’m not sure how much water it can hold in total, but in flat Florida you can never go too deep …

The clouds of course know no limits.

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