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Big Slough Flood Reduction Study

The Big Slough Flood Reduction Study is cooperatively funded by the City of North Port and Southwest Florida Water Management District. DES will evaluate feasibility and cost effectiveness of solutions to reduce flooding in the City within the Big Slough Watershed. The flood reduction study will be performed in two distinct parts: Part 1 is a concentrated effort which considers solutions to reduce flooding through implementing localized improvements within certain identified neighborhoods that are adjacent to Myakkahatchee Creek at I-75 and at the Jockey Club Part 2 is a broader study which considers a regional approach to reduce flooding in other portions of the City. Stormwater evaluations will employ data and a watershed model previously developed for the North Port/Big Slough Watershed Management Program project. More specifically, this study will: Develop projects to reduce flooding along Myakkahatchee Creek near I-75 and the Jockey Club Produce a conceptual plan for improvements covering multiple sites and facilities serving those two areas and submit a State-wide Environmental Resource Permit for Conceptual Approval of the plan for flood reduction Evaluate & advance a set of BMP concepts to reduce flood risk in North Port on a regional scale Produce a planning-level document describing a small number of regional projects which exhibit potential flood reduction benefits based upon screening-level evaluations Produce a planning-level cost estimate that addresses additional (future) analyses as well as estimated costs for engineering design, environmental permitting, land and structure acquisition, construction, and other costs.

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