Degrove is near completion of a large project that provides survey support for the multi-faceted Myakka River Watershed Initiative—a project funded and administered by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD). The Initiative includes a comprehensive study of the Myakka River Watershed, as well as the development of a watershed model and a Watershed Management Plan. The Initiative is designed to “develop strategies to protect, enhance, and restore natural systems and water quality, while addressing issues of water supply and flood protection.”
The project has included surveying cross sections, bridges, and water control structures throughout the 600 square mile watershed, including areas of Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Desoto, and Hardee counties. In addition to surveying, field crews have been responsible for taking pictures and video at each cross section/structure and recording relevant information on each of these areas, which will aid in constructing the watershed model. All survey data and other recorded information (photos, videos, scans of field notes, relevant geographic information, etc.) have been organized in a GIS geodatabase feature data table for delivery to the client.
The project is being completed through combined efforts of the Gainesville and Jacksonville offices, and is being managed by Degrove VP, Tom Tracz.