Levees- an ancient technology

Levees are an embankment which regulates water levels. It is usually earthen and often parallel to the course of a river in its floodplain or along low-lying coastlines. While they provide protection in cases of storm surge they could not provide against a slow rise of water underneath the region’s porous limestone.

Levees are also referred to as dikes and the “Herbert Hoover Dike” is located around Lake Okeechobee. The 1OO foot wide levee surrounding Lake Okeechobee is a part of the Florida Trail. There is a well-maintained paved pathway along the majority of the perimeter. It is used by hikers and bicyclists, and is wide enough to accommodate authorized vehicles.

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