Magnitude and frequency of flooding on the Myakka River, Southwest Florida

Water-Resources Investigations Report 78-65
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Increasing numbers of urban and agricultural developments are being located on waterfront property in the Myakka River flood plain in southwest Florida. Under natural conditions, a large depression, Tatum Sawgrass, was available as a flood storage area in the upper Myakka River basin. Construction of dikes across the lower part of Tatum Sawgrass has restricted use of the depression for temporary storage of Myakka River flood water overflow, and has resulted in increased flood-peak discharges and flood heights in downstream reaches of the Myakka River. The difference between natural and diked condition flood-peak discharges and flood heights is presented to illustrate the effects of the dikes. Flood-peak discharges, water-surface elevations and flood profiles also are provided for diked conditions. Analytical procedures used to evaluate diking effects are described in detail. The study reach includes Myakka River main stem upstream from U.S. Highway 41, near Myakka Shores in Sarasota County, to State Road 70 near Myakka City in Manatee County (including Tatum Sawgrass and Clay Gully), and Blackburn Canal from Venice By-Way to Myakka River. (Woodard-USGS)

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Magnitude and frequency of flooding on the Myakka River, Southwest Florida
Series title Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number 78-65
DOI 10.3133/wri7865
Edition -
Year Published 1978
Language ENGLISH
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey,
Description vii, 40 p. :ill., maps (1 fold. in pocket) ;26 cm. --