Big Cypress Reservation Western Water Conservation Project

Big Cypress Reservation Western Water Conservation Project

Location: Hendry County, Fla.

Client: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District

Completion Date: 2004 (design)

The Western Water Conservation Restoration Project consists of 1,680 acres of wetland treatment areas and water supply reservoirs intended to store runoff and improve the quality of water discharged to the West Feeder Canal and native areas of the Big Cypress Indian Reservation. The project covers more than 8,000 acres of the reservation and is a designated critical project under the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program (CERP). It will be constructed by the Jacksonville District, Army Corps of Engineers and the Seminole Indian Tribe of Florida.

Burns & McDonnell prepared the detailed design, plans and specifications for construction of the project, including more than 20 miles of levees and canals, five types of water control structures and 25 pumping stations with capacities up to 250 cfs each. The project also includes the design of three inverted siphons intended to convey up to 200 cfs of stormwater under a 150-foot wide and 18-foot deep canal to native areas that have been impacted by previous development.

  • Hydraulic analyses and design
  • Design of levees, canals, structures,  pumping stations and siphons
  • Water control plan
  • One-dimensional hydraulic analyses of canals using HEC-RAS
  • General site grading design
  • Levee and canal design
  • Hydraulic analyses and final design of water control structures
  • Pumping station design including extensive use of solar powered equipment due to remote locations
  • Cost estimation using MCACES
  • Schedule preparation using Primavera
  • Water control plan