ECWCD Restores the
Historic Flow of Water
The East County Water Control District’s new pump station is tasked with reducing that flood risk.
“We’re going to be able to move a large amount of water” says David Lindsay, District Manager ECWCD.
It’s in Lehigh moving water from the Orange River into Halfway Pond.
This 3 phase project is meant to restore the historic flow of water in Lehigh back south.
District officials say there are other benefits too.
“The main reason for this project is happening is to hopefully move water south, hopefully store water, keep water out of the Caloosahatchee River and the estuaries” says Lindsay.
In the water is an 18 inch pipe already pumping water back into this pond, next to it an even bigger pipe not yet pumping but ready to go as this project moves forward
The first phase was made possible by a $340,000 grant by the South Florida Water Management District.
Officials say supporting the project was the right thing to do.
“Ecological benefit, we have water storage which helps the estuary, and we have flood control which helps the community, so it truly is a win, win, win project out here” says Phil Flood, with the SFWMD.