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C-11 Canal Bank Tree Clearing

From I-75 to U.S. 27 parallel to Griffin in Southwest Ranches and Weston

Post Date:01/30/2019 1:00 PM

Keeping Canal Rights of Way Clear 

Flood control in your South Florida neighborhood depends on well-maintained canals. This requires that land adjacent to a canal embankment be clear of trees, shrubs, fences and other encroaching objects.

Project Details

  • South Florida Water Management District staff will remove isolated trees on the top of the canal bank and trees along the side slopes of the C-11 Canal from Interstate 75 to U.S. Highway 27 parallel to Griffin Road in Southwest Ranches and Weston.
  • The work will take place between January and June 2019, primarily on Fridays and Saturdays with no interruptions in traffic flow anticipated.

As part of its flood control mission, the South Florida Water Management District has right of way along 2,100 miles of canals to enable access to properly maintain the regional water management system. Residents who live adjacent to SFWMD canals or connecting secondary canals often want to plant trees or vegetation to enhance the view or set up improvements, such as fences, docks or gazebos. While some right-of-way uses are compatible and may be allowed with a permit, others may obstruct the District’s ability to operate the flood control system.

The Importance of Proper Drainage

South Florida is a low, flat landscape where residents depend on an interconnected drainage system to remove excess water after storm events, including tropical storms and hurricanes. Vegetation and structures along a canal right of way may end up in the canal and cause blockages around downstream water control structures. In turn, these obstructions will prevent water from properly draining and could result in flooding that endangers the safety of residents in the immediate area and many miles away.

SFWMD field staff also must have clear access to canals for routine maintenance, repair and debris removal. During times of disaster and emergency recovery, access becomes even more important as recovery teams have to navigate through the canal system to perform emergency maintenance tasks.

How You Can Help

If you are considering placing a structure or planting trees behind your house, be sure to determine where your property line is. If you are encroaching on a canal maintenance right of way, prior approvals from the City or District or other agency that has jurisdiction are required.

Report Illegal Dumping

Depositing trash and vegetative waste on SFWMD rights of way is illegal, and violators can be fined up to $10,000 per day. Trash and vegetation can be blown into canals, causing blocked water control structures and, potentially, flooding. Help the District keep its rights of way clear and canals flowing by reporting unlawful dumping. If you see dumping on District rights of way, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at (561) 357-4202.

Canal Clearing flyer C-11 canal

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