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The Cypress Creek Wellfield (CCWF) Surface Water Management project is a multi-objective wetland restoration and surface water management initiative in Tampa, Florida. The primary objective was to modify surface water drainage patterns to improve wetland hydrology at a portion of the CCWF. An additional objective was to reduce nuisance flooding in Saddlewood Estates, a nearby neighborhood.
Working closely with Tampa Bay Water and the Southwest Florida Water Management District, RS&H constructed a series of culverts and berms to divert water that once flooded neighborhood streets into specific target wetlands. The movement of water replenishes the wetlands by increasing their water level, as well as extending the duration in which the water is held.
Through innovative stormwater management techniques, the team successfully turned the problem of nuisance flooding into an opportunity to enhance surrounding ecosystems and restore the region’s aquifers. Residents in the neighborhood will also see relief from nuisance flooding during high precipitation patterns.
In 2010, the Florida Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) awarded RS&H the Consultant of the Year in Stormwater for this project.
Pasco County, Florida
Tampa Bay Water