Herbert Hoover Dike Repair and Rehadbilation, Reach 1, Subreach A

Date: 

2007

Location: 

Martin and Palm Beach Counties, FL

Project Specifications: 

  • Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Contract Price: $20,000,000
  • Completion: 2007
  • Key Elements: Soil Cement Bentonite Slurry Wall, Bio-polymar Relief Trench

Description: 

The Herbert Hoover Dike Project was the first phase of a series of pilot projects for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, undertaken to stabilize the dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee. The project consists of installation of approximately 870,000 square feet of cutoff wall to depth of 36 feet, along with installation of 24,000 linear feet of bio-polymar relief trench and associated features. The Hoover Dike which surrounds Lake Okeechobee - the second largest fresh water lake in the continental United States- presents many unique challenges stemming from existing levee conditions caused in part by engineering methods which were utilized during the dikes original construction in the early 1900s.