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USACE: Lake Okeechobee and the Herbert Hoover Dike

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Published on Aug 6, 2010

More about the lake and its dike (dam) from the Jacksonville District, U.S.Army Corps of Engineers (USACE): http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Divisio...

Note: USACE began controlling the water level of Lake Okeechobee on August 21,1924, with the issuance of a regulatory permit.. This was soon after the state had completed the first dike (28 miles) long the southermost shoreline. http://groups.google.com/group/e-ever...

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Understanding our continual harming of the Everglades
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puL-sO...
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Also see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpkhJg... and: Memorial Web Page for the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mfl/?n=okeech...

Storm1928: Dr. Bromwell's statement, September 2008 http://groups.google.com/group/e-ever...

Concern rises about aging levee - Interview with Dr. Bromwell, 6/11/06
http://video.msn.com/video.aspx/?vid=... (2:25 minutes)

Report on Herbert Hoover Dike presentation, May 1, 2006
https://my.sfwmd.gov/portal/page/port... (23 slides)

REPORT: TECHNICAL EVALUATION OF HERBERT HOOVER DIKE LAKE OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA - April 27, 2006 http://groups.google.com/group/e-ever... (82 pages)

Corps keeping the lid on dike data - Palm Beach Post, August 27, 2006
(Excerpt) "Ninety-nine percent of understanding Herbert Hoover Dike is understanding its past performance and its geology," said Vick, a Colorado engineer who co-wrote a recent report labeling the dike a "grave and imminent danger" to human life. "People need to know what risks they're exposed to." Vick said he never saw the leak database during his months of examining corps documents for the South Florida Water Management District.

South Florida Dike Poses "Grave Danger," Engineers Say - National Geographic News, August 15, 2006 http://news.nationalgeographic.com/ne... (Excerpt) Vick, an author of the report, said there was "very clear evidence that there was a bureaucratic logjam here. "Things occurred very slowly up until the report," Vick said. "We're pleased to see the interest at all levels, and the response, since the report came out. We see things very positive about the acceleration from the pace that's been maintained in the past 20 years."

Dike Report Toned Down - Palm Beach Post, July 24, 2006
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi...
(Excerpts) An early draft of the document called the leak-prone dike around Lake Okeechobee a "clear and present danger" - echoing a phrase the U.S. Supreme Court has used to describe perils facing the nation during wartime. The final version released May 2 changed that to "grave and imminent danger." Similarly, the state's consultants originally warned in their April 14 draft that a dike failure would cause "a disaster of catastrophic proportion played out on a regional scale." The final version settled for "a catastrophe for South Florida." The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had objected to the original wording in both passages, saying the language could cause "an extremely high level of anxiety in a lay audience." But the corps was hardly mollified by the new phrasing, which it called "not much better." The public never saw the April 14 draft, which bore a front-page notice declaring it confidential "for security purposes." The Palm Beach Post obtained the draft and the corps' critiques through a public records request to the South Florida Water Management District, which commissioned the $300,000 dike study.

Palm Beach Post, May 21, 2006 (Excerpt) Vick said one of the report's most alarming details — the statement that the dike once was within "hours" of breaching from wave erosion — came from corps staff members during a meeting in Jacksonville. In contrast, Carpenter has said the dike never has required any "heroic" efforts by his staff to keep it from failing. Vick said nobody should take his or his colleagues' word about the dike's condition. Just read the corps' earlier documents, he said. In preparing their own report, he added, "We said to ourselves: If worse comes to worse and that dike fails, can we look ourselves in the mirror and say we did everything we could to prevent a failure?"

Palm Beach Post, May 03, 2006 (Excerpt) "I was surprised that the dike had been left in this condition for so long, with so many engineers who have said over and over again that it needed to be fixed," said one of the three experts, Colorado engineering consultant Steven Vick, who also has served on an expert panel examining federal efforts in New Orleans.

Also see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXQIrA...

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