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C-43 Reservoir construction begins near LaBelle, project will store water from Caloosahatchee River

LABELLE, Fla.– Crews are preparing for a $500 million project, just east of LaBelle.

They’re are breaking ground on the C-43 Reservoir. It will store water from the Caloosahatchee River.

The project manager says the Manhattan sized area will flood with water by the end of 2023.

They’re hoping this project will help balance salinity levels down the river and keep algal blooms from heading west to Lee County.

Crews are creating a pumping system that will take water from the river and pump it into the reservoir. The water will be anywhere from 15 to 25 feet deep.

The water stored will reduce how much water released from Lake Okeechobee will head down the river immediately.