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Operations and Maintenance staff at the South Florida Water Management District serve our region from eight Field Stations as well as from our Headquarters in West Palm Beach. Field Station staff are who you are most likely to see in your community, working every day to make sure the regional water management system operates smoothly and efficiently to protect regional water supplies and provide flood control.

Throughout the year, Operations and Maintenance staff oversee approximately 2,100 miles of canals and 2,000 miles of levees/berms, 71 pump stations and more than 600 water control structures and 625 project culverts. They operate and maintain all the equipment, and they have the specialized expertise needed to keep this vast water management system ready for whatever nature sends our way, whether that's a typical summer rainstorm, a hurricane or drought. Moving water to meet varying conditions and needs is essential to sustaining South Florida's people, economy and our environment.

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Levee Inspections and Maintenance

The District has actively maintained South Florida's extensive network of earthen levees since its construction by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950s and 1960s. The agency continues to make significant investments in improvements and routine maintenance of the levees, including the 105-mile East Coast Protective Levee that borders some of the region's most populated areas. In September 2013, the SFWMD completed $18 million in work to strengthen a 38-mile portion of the levee in western Broward County.

As part of a nationwide program, the Corps is inspecting levee systems across the country, including in the State of Florida. This program is based on visual assessments of maintenance-related issues. It is in addition to annual Corps inspections, which consistently indicate South Florida's levees are performing as intended.

In a separate effort, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is updating existing National Flood Insurance Program maps. Current maps recognize the East Coast Protective Levee as an accredited levee for a 1-in-100-year flood. The recent reinforcement work also meets FEMA levee certification standards.


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