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The Ribbon is Cut on the Completion of the Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project

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Clewiston - Wednesday January 25, 2023: Government leaders, water resource managers and environmental leaders from across central and south Florida joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wednesday morning to celebrate the completion of the Herbert Hoover Dike rehabilitation project around Lake Okeechobee.

"Safety is our number one priority," said U.S. Army Corp Jacksonville Commander Col. Jamie Booth, "and the goal of the project is to protect human life while reducing the risk of impacts to the way of life, the economy, and the environment in the communities around the lake,"

The project planning began back in 2005 and it is now completed, three years ahead of schedule, at a cost of $1.5 billion. Everything about the Herbert Hoover Dike is significant and large. The dike consists of 143 miles of embankment, sixty structural penetrations including five inlet spillways, five outlet spillways. 143 miles, that’s a long dike.”

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It started as a small earthed dike back in the 1910’s, but over the years hurricanes breached the levies causing widespread loss of life to surrounding communities. In the 1930s a larger system of levees was constructed and dubbed the Herbert Hoover Dike. Over the years it was periodically reinforced but this latest rehabilitation has made it safer and stronger than ever said Booth.

“Herbert Hoover Dike has never been in better shape than it is now. Even when tested during two recent hurricanes this past year," said Col. Moore. "That’s great news for the lakeside communities. The Brighton Reservation, the cities of Clewiston, South Bay, Belle Glade, Pahokee, Okeechobee, and Moore Haven are safer and more protected than they’ve ever been. And these communities are why we restored the dike.”

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District celebrated the completion of construction for the Herbert Hoover Restoration Project around Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, Fla. (USACE photo)