South Florida District Gives Grant for Water Control Structure

The South Florida Water Management District recently awarded a $100,000 grant to the South Broward Drainage District to complete construction of a water control structure that will enhance flood protection and improve water quality in the city of Pembroke Pines and the town of Southwest Ranches, officials announced on Feb. 13.

When completed, the project will improve the South Broward Drainage District's ability to prepare for hurricanes and other major rain events by facilitating pre-storm release to the western part of the C-11 Canal.

The new water control structure, located between Southwest 190th and Southwest 188th avenues, also will prevent phosphorus-laden runoff from reaching the regional South Florida canal system and Water Conservation Area 3, a 915-square-mile area of the remnant Everglades.

The project will allow for more efficient, cost-effective biocontrol management of troublesome aquatic vegetation. The design of the new structure will facilitate the use of triploid carp, a sterile fish that feasts on problematic plants that clog vital flood control canals.

The control structure is the last of three components needed for the South Broward Drainage District's Basins S-9 and S-10 Stormwater Improvement Project. The district has invested $1.1 million in this project. Construction of the structure is planned to be completed by July.

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