U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Upon the directive of the County Administrator and acting on the advice of the office of U.S. Congressman Michael Bilikaris, the Public Works Program Administrator was directed to initiate solicitation of federal funding under "Section 205 of the Flood Control Act of 1948, and as amended in Section 218 of Water Resource Development Act of 2000, Flood Damage Reduction, Study Initiation Request" for the County's Pithlachascotee Anclote Conservation Effort (PACE) Project.
To qualify for this type of federal funding the river flow cannot be less than 800 cubic feet per second during a 10-year/24-hr rainfall event.
A September 29, 2015 Memorandum (PDF) from the Deputy District Engineer of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers for Programs and Project Management requested the initial $50,000.00 and Study Initiation Request for the County's PACE Project. This project is currently part of a project that is cooperatively funded by the County and the Southwest Florida Water Management District, through its Cooperative Funding Initiative.
U.S. Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS): Help from the "Emergency Watershed Protection Program - Recovery" of the NRCS has also been requested by the County Administrator through the Public Works Program Administrator. This effort consists of federal funding and services involving the mechanical clean up of debris found in segments of the Anclote River. The accumulated debris was a result of the 2015 flooding event which affected several segments of the river's natural flow-ways. The clean up effort also includes river bank stabilization and flow-way debris removal in areas of the Anclote River as well as maintenance of major manmade tributary ditches that flow to the Anclote River. View Map of River Flow-Way Clean Up Locations (PDF).