Fellsmere, FL — Snap-Tite Tapped for Levee repair
Big Pipe Restores Function to Levee, Protects Florida Wetlands
The St. Johns River is the longest river in the state of Florida. It is 310 miles long, forming numerous lakes as it meanders from Central Florida north to Jacksonville. The St. Johns River is also one of Florida’s major interior wetlands. The river is separated into three major river basins and several watersheds (such as Lake George and Ocklawaha River), all managed by the St. Johns River Water Management District.
Located along the St. Johns River on country road 512 in Fellsmere, Florida, the water control structure (levee) S-251 was badly deteriorated due to corrosion. If left unrepaired, the structure would become inoperable. A drought exposed the four damaged drainage culverts contained within the levee. Each of these culverts was 72 inches in diameter. The St. Johns River Water Management District contracted with Stanley Consultants to perform a diving inspection to determine the extent of the problem. All four were badly corroded with numerous holes in the pipe, which threatened the ability to control water in a manner that protected the wetlands and natural resources in the area.