District to Conduct Inspection of the Inglis Bypass Spillway in Levy County

News Release

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will conduct an inspection of the Inglis Bypass Spillway water control structure located in Levy County on the Inglis Bypass Channel. The inspection has been scheduled to take place Tuesday, June 9.

During that time, the water control gates will need to be partially or fully closed. Closings are anticipated to occur during daylight hours and for a duration not exceeding eight hours per closing. The channel downstream of the structure will experience lower than normal water levels at times. Please make plans to protect your boats and other recreational equipment located within the channel during that time.

Inspection of the Inglis Bypass Spillway water control structure will focus on underwater, civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering along the service bridge, control room, and the upstream and downstream sides of the water control structure.

The construction on the Cross Florida Barge Canal project by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1965 and 1969 severed the Lower Withlacoochee River, thus requiring the construction of the Bypass Channel and Spillway in order to discharge to the remnant stretch of the Withlacoochee River. The Bypass structure was completed in 1970 as part of that project. In 2001, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection entered into a contract with the District to operate and maintain the Inglis Dam and Inglis Bypass Spillway.

For additional questions, please call the District at (352) 796-7211 ext. 4873.