People, as do every other living creature, require water to live. As such, no other natural resource warrants more attention than water affords. Given sufficient quantities of appropriate quality in desired locations, water also enhances our daily lives and provides recreational opportunities. However, too much or too little water of less than desirable quality in unwanted areas can produce devastating effects to life and infrastructure. As such, efficient and prudent water management represents a growing societal challenge in the 21st century. Taylor Engineering’s engineers and scientists possess the technical training and practical experience to assist clients across the broad spectrum of water management issues. Please visit our project gallery to view a variety of our water resources management projects. A few project examples include
Deer Point Dam separates the saltwater in North Bay from the freshwater in Deer Point Lake. North Bay connects to the Gulf of Mexico through St. Andrew Bay and St. Andrew Inlet near Panama City, Florida. Deer Point Lake provides freshwater to the population surrounding the lake and the North West Florida Water Management District (NWFWMD) suspects that the dam and the lake may prove vulnerable to hurricane storm surge. The NWFWMD retained Taylor Engineering to investigate the vulnerability of the lake and provide expert witness testimony regarding the findings.
The Herbert Hoover Dike (HHD) system consists of approximately 143 miles of earthen embankment surrounding Lake Okeechobee. The initial and current authorization for HHD pivots on the premise that the facility and its appurtenance works as a levee system. However, the current operation of the facility relative to impounded water storage operates as a dam. Further, the addition of the HHD to the National Inventory of Dams in April 2005 came with the inference that the facility should comply with more stringent dam criteria. To that end, Taylor Engineering numerically modeled various uncontrolled dam breach scenarios for all reaches around the lake to quantify the extent of dam break flood inundation to communities and agricultural interests.
Taylor Engineering conducted hydrologic and hydraulic analyses to assist a client’s permitting efforts to secure surface water supply sources for agricultural operations and other needs. Projections in population growth in Central Florida, as well as Deseret Ranch’s own population and agricultural growth, have increased the regional water demand. This study focused on specific modeling tasks and conceptual design alternatives for a reservoir at Wolf Creek and Pennywash Creek to meet the projected water demand.