Last Thursday I went on a site visit to Taylor Creek Reservoir, which is down in central Florida, on the border between Osceola and Orange Counties. Out in the sticks, but kind of close to the City of Cocoa. This is the main project I'm working on right now. This levee and reservoir were built by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) back in 1969 to provide flood protection and water supply to some of the surrounding communities. Since that time, it's eroded quite a bit and is in need of repair. My agency, which manages the levee, is tasked with rehabbing the levee to raise it to the original elevations it was designed for and to fix areas that have eroded, adding a couple of emergency spillways and putting in a levee toe drain.
I went on the site visit to just confirm some things in preparation for developing my next set of construction drawings (I'm at the 60% Design Stage). I was hoping to see some cool wildlife - often I see some really great stuff on my site visits. Alas, this time the cool critters were apparently hiding or at a party somewhere else, and my photos are mostly scenery. And some cows (well, bulls).
|Smoke in the sky!|
|Another smoke view, along with a view southward on the levee with TCR to the west (on the right).|
|Gopher Tortoise burrow.|
Note: I didn't see any actual gopher tortoises during my site visit. I just thought you might like to see what they look like.
Photo credit: St. Johns River Water Management District
|Bull in the house!!!|
|Nice view of Taylor Creek Reservoir.|