How To: Fill a canal
And send water into NE Shark River Slough

For as place as flat as the Everglades …

Water sure does flow uphill a lot.

At the pumps, looking west

Across the canal, looking back at the pumps

Farther West, at the first of three bridges that send headwater flows into Everglades National Park. Can you see the southern levee of WCA 3B?

Ten miles West of the S-356 (and S-334) where the S-333 (left) and S-333 North feed water from Water Conservation Area 3A (WCA3A) to the three bridges that feed water to Northeast Shark River Slough

Water stage in the L-29 Canal = 6.90 ft NAVD88 + 1.54 = 8.44 ft above sea level (NGVD29)

The reason? Back in the old days, water was allowed to spread out and flow wherever it wanted to go. That changed gradually and dramatically over time with the influx of agriculture, people and coastal gridlock into south Florida. The result is as complex a water management system as you’ll see anywhere in the world. I like to think of south Florida as the NASA of water management. It’s not as complicated as rocket science, or maybe it is? The only way we’ll know for sure is to have a chess match between the astronomers and the hydrologist, or maybe a Jeopardy event. As long as the topics are watershed-centric, I’m pretty sure the hydrologist will hold there own.

As for the run of photographs above, I was just driving by earlier this morning and couldn’t help myself from stopping to soak it all in. Water is flowing into Northeast Shark River Slough thanks to an engineering feet that was decades in the making, and still being refined.

Next steps: Get the James Webb telescope fully deployed.

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