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SFWMD, Hallandale Beach Partner to Improve Water Quality

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board recently approved a cost-sharing agreement with the City of Hallandale Beach to reduce stormwater flowing into Biscayne Bay. The project consists of restoring swale storage capacity on approximately 275 acres in the city to reduce runoff draining into the Schaffer Canal, the Oleta River and ultimately to the bay.

“Local stormwater improvement projects play a large role in reducing flooding and improving water quality,” said SFWMD Governing Board member Shannon Estenoz. “The strong partnership with Hallandale Beach and the cities and towns in the district also boosts our ability to deliver regional environmental benefits.”

In addition to the District’s investment of $300,000 for the project, the City of Hallandale Beach in Broward County is providing matching funds of $300,000. The project involves clearing accumulated silt by grading and adding sod to the swales, which increases storage capacity, enhances stormwater filtration capability and improves water quality. This, in turn, will reduce stormwater runoff into the surrounding basin.

The project complements several water quality improvement and flood control projects supported by the District and completed this year in Broward County, including:

  • Reducing flooding and improving water quality with swale and canal upgrades in Plantation Acres.
  • Supporting the South Broward Drainage District in the construction of three control structures in the town of Southwest Ranches to improve water quality by preventing phosphorus from entering C-11 Canal and the Water Conservation Areas. The project also improves flood protection.
  • Partnering with the City of Weston to replace two 30-year-old stormwater pump stations, enhancing water quality to the North New River Canal and flood control for thousands of residents in the Bonaventure basin area.

For more information on the SFWMD, visit

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Posted by Andrea Freygang on Sep 21 2009. Filed under Broward County, Environmental, Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale, Water management. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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