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EWP Storm Damage Repair for Salt Creek

Florida Emergency Watershed Protection Program Success Storycanal erosion before restoration

EWP Storm Damage Repair for Salt Creek

picture of Arthur Bellot

In 2009, Dixie County experienced many strong spring storms that caused severe erosion and threatened County Road 349. Using the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida partnered with Dixie County officials to install measures to protect County Road 349. County Road 349 is the only route out of Suwannee. “It is an evacuation route for us,” says Arthur Bellot, Dixie County Manager.

 

Curtis Mixon at finished projectworkers repairing erosionDixie County had a previous working relationship with NRCS on another EWP project after the hurricanes of 2004. Contacting Curtis Mixon, NRCS Agricultural Engineer, Dixie officials worked with Mixon (photo on left) to evaluate the problem and apply for assistance.

Through the EWP program, NRCS provided financial and technical assistance for installation of 2,350 linear feet of sheet piling to protect County Road 349. $1,028,721 was allocated for installation of the measures and for technical assistance.

 

Russell McCallister“These are some of the best tax dollars I have seen spent in years and years and years,” said Russell McCallister, President of the Suwannee River Chamber of Commerce. “It could have been an environmental impact if it had not been taken care of,” he added.

Approximately 365 residents of the Town of Suwannee, and those who vacation and fish there, will benefit from flood protection from future storm events. Prior to completion of the project many residents would have been cut off from emergency services due to storms such as those they experienced in 2009. “We would have had an evacuation problem,” said McCallister.
 

 


Florida Program Contact

Jesse Wilson, State Conservation Engineer, 352-338-9557