The Southwest Florida Water Management District conducted an inspection of the Inglis Bypass Spillway water control structure Wednesday, June 10, 2020. The structure is located in Levy County on the Inglis Bypass Channel.

Inspection of the Inglis Bypass Spillway water control structure focused on underwater, civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering along the service bridge, control room, and the upstream and downstream sides of the water control structure.

According to the district construction on the Cross Florida Barge Canal, teh project by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1965 and 1969, severed the lower Withlacoochee River, thus requiring the construction of the bypass channel and spillway in order to discharge to the remnant stretch of the Withlacoochee River. The bypass structure was completed in 1970 as part of that project.

In 2001, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection entered into a contract with the district to operate and maintain the Inglis Dam and Inglis Bypass Spillway.

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