Charlotte County Engineering is proposing to implement a canal maintenance program to include dredging the upland fresh water canals to reestablish the original geometry. These canals were created in the 1950’s and 1960’s and have never been maintained. The county proposes to remove the sediment layer that has accumulated over the past 60 years. We anticipate the removal of the sediment will improve the overall water quality of the canals and Charlotte Harbor. Included in this project will be will be to remove any obstructions to outfalls and culvert pipes within the canals to maintain positive drainage.
The county will require professional services to design and permit a sediment removal program for the upland canals in both west county and mid county. The design process will need to include determinization of access points and any right of entry needed. A species assessment report will be required to determine if there will be any species of concern to be protected, both flora and fauna.
The consultant will be required to coordinate with all necessary state, federal and local permitting agencies to obtain permits for construction. This will also include working with the FDEP on any water quality and/or sediment testing they require to use this work to count towards credits available for the TMDL/BMAP program.
Project LocationThis project will include freshwater canals within the County.
The consultant has started the planning process. A kick-off meeting with FDEP to determine the requirements for the muck testing program is being scheduled.
After holding the pre-application meetings with the states agencies, the County is re-evaluating the program to ensure that the public will get the most impact from the use of these funds. We are working with other agencies, organizations, and staff to develop the best program that we can.
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