Sep 11, 2012

Controlled blow out

Freshwater flows through the Caloosahatchee's S-79 structure exceeded the desirable flow envelope for mixing freshwater into the downstream estuary for the first time all year.

The good news is Isaac wasn't a huge (or sustained) blowout event.

Yes, this graph is a lot to digest,
But there's something to be said for showing it
all on one page, too.


The top graph provides a weekly interval water budget for the lake.  The second from the top shows rainfall on Lake O and the upstream Kissimmee Valley.  The middle graph shows Lake stage.  The fourth graph shows inflows into the Lake from the Kissimmee.  The bottom graph shows freshwater releases into the Caloosahatchee estuary through the S-79

Without releases from the Lake,

the estuarine balance seems under controlled ...


Especially when compared to the big flow years of 2003 - 2005.

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