District to Temporarily Close the Inglis Bypass Spillway for Data Collection

News Release

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) and its contractor will collect channel bottom elevations downstream of the Inglis Bypass Spillway water control structure located in Levy County on the Inglis Bypass Channel. The work is  scheduled to take place Tuesday, March 23.

During that time, the water control gates will need to be partially or fully closed. The closure will be during daylight hours and will last for about six hours. The channel downstream of the structure may 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.

Data collection downstream of the Inglis Bypass Spillway water control structure is required to develop a detailed three-dimensional surface of the river bottom to support the ongoing -minimum flow study for the Lower Withlacoochee River.

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 Inglis Bypass Channel and Spillway to create 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 contracted 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.