Seepage beneath Hoover Dike southern shore of Lake Okeechobee, Florida

Meyer, Frederick W. (1971) Seepage beneath Hoover Dike southern shore of Lake Okeechobee, Florida. Tallahassee, FL, Florida Geological Survey, (Report of Investigations - Florida Geological Survey, 58)

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Future water needs in southern Florida call for an increase in the storage capacity of Lake Okeechobee. Seepage from the lake is expected to increase as a result of raising the lake level. Data concerning the occurrence and amounts of seepage are needed for the design and operation of flood-control works which will remove excess water from the rich agricultural lands along the southern shore. Intensive studies at five sites along the southern shore of Lake Okeechobee between the Caloosahatchee Canal and the St. Lucie Canal indicate that seepage occurs chiefly through beds of shell and limestone which underlie the Hoover Dike at shallow depth. Seepage rates at the five sites range from about 0.1 to 0.9 cfs per mile per foot of head across the dike. Seepage beneath the 50-mile length of dike should increase from about 22 to 50 cfs if the average stage of the lake is raised from 14 to 16.5 feet. Seepage is greatest between Moore Haven and Clewiston, where deep borrows have been excavated on the landward and lakeward sides of the dike. Most of the seepage from the lake can be controlled by properly spaced toe ditches which would intercept the seepage and return it to the lake. (PDF contains 108 pages.)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Seepage beneath Hoover Dike southern shore of Lake Okeechobee, Florida
Personal Creator/Author:
Meyer, Frederick W.
Series Name: Report of Investigations - Florida Geological Survey
Number: 58
Date: 1971
Publisher: Florida Geological Survey
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, FL
Issuing Agency: Florida Geological Survey
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lake Okeechobee; Florida; water seepage; water supply
Subjects: Limnology
Item ID: 1867
Depositing User: Stephanie Haas
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2009 23:33
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 19:57

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