PROJECTS

The St. Johns River Water Management District implements a wide variety of projects — many with partners — aimed at protecting water supplies, improving water quality and restoring natural systems, as well as providing flood protection in an 18-county jurisdiction in northeast and east-central Florida.

The projects described on this page — undertaken to fulfill its core missions — are broken into district-led restoration and construction projects, springs protection projects, and districtwide and agricultural cost-share projects.

Agricultural cost-share projects

The district assists farmers in protecting water resources through its cost-share funding program and by providing technical assistance through its Ag Assistance Team. The Ag Team centralizes help in gathering water use data needed for permits, reducing duplication in the permitting process, thus saving farmers time and money. Through the Tri-County Agricultural Area Water Management Partnership, cost-share projects largely focus on implementing improved fertilizer and irrigation practices on farms to reduce fertilizer-laden farm runoff from reaching the St. Johns River and other waterways in Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties.

Estes Groves Inc.

(2019 funding cycle; $103,699)

Citrus greening disease is spread by an insect called the Asian citrus psyllid and has been wreaking havoc on the state’s citrus industry. While researchers work to find a cure, growers are learning to manage their groves by optimizing tree root health. Cody Estes with Estes Groves Inc. manages 120 acres of citrus south of State Road 60 in Vero Beach. He has partnered with the district to fine-tune his irrigation system by installing soil moisture sensors, weather stations and pump automation. With pump automation, the grower develops a general control strategy outlining the conditions under which irrigation should start and stop. The controllers receive feedback from the sensors, make decisions based on settings and start and stop the pump accordingly. Mr. Estes can check on his system from his phone even if he is miles away. District staff estimate a 19 percent reduction in water use over his already efficient micro-irrigation system.

Phone screen with Condition data on it
Large motor
Row of shrubs

Cherrylake

(2016 funding cycle; $300,000)

Cherrylake, a tree farm in Lake County, recently completed a project to change out sprinklers on 694 acres of containerized trees and shrubs. Cherrylake continually evaluates how their work affects the quality of our air, land and water and was awarded the Commissioner of Agriculture’s Environmental Leadership award in 2016. Even with improvements, they recognized that their irrigation system didn’t account for harvesting of individual trees within an irrigation zone because there was no way to shut off individual emitters. This would result in irrigation water being applied to the ground after the tree was removed. In addition, the emitters would sometimes spray outside of the container. With the assistance of the districtwide Agricultural Cost-Share Program, Cherrylake retrofit the system with a “spot spitter” stake and emitter combination assembly that provides a shutoff position. Based on a Mobile Irrigation Lab evaluation performed in January 2018, conservation is expected to be almost 25 million gallons of water per year.

Trees beign watered with micro emitters at a tree farm
Irrigation emitters being used at a tree farm

C.P. and Wesley Smith Inc. Farms

(2018 funding cycle; $210,572)

C.P. and Wesley Smith Inc. Farms in Hastings grows potatoes, broccoli and corn on approximately 1,500 acres. The farm, along with most other farms in the area, had historically been irrigated with seepage. Wesley and his sons have been converting their farm from the less-efficient seepage to more-efficient irrigation methods such as center pivot and sub-irrigation drain tile. They have seen reductions in irrigation of roughly 50 percent and increases in crop yields. They have received assistance from the Tri-County Agricultural Area Water Management Partnership as well as USDA/NRCS and are taking advantage of every opportunity to become more efficient. They have also purchased banding equipment, which dramatically reduces the amount of fertilizer being applied to the land.

Men working with pipe in a trench
Close up photograph of a broccoli plant

Black Creek Water Resource Development project

Updated on 2-6-2020

The Black Creek Water Resource Development (WRD) Project will recharge the Upper Floridan aquifer in northeast Florida using flow from Black Creek, in Clay County.

The project is among several identified in the North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan (NFRWSP) to help meet future water supply demands while protecting natural resources. This project, which will be built over four years in southwest Clay County between Penney Farms and Camp Blanding, focuses on providing recharge to the Upper Floridan aquifer in the Keystone Heights region and Lower Santa Fe Basin.

The project will divert up to 10 million gallons per day from the South Fork of Black Creek during wet weather high flow periods. Diversions will only be made when there is sufficient flow available to ensure the protection of natural resources within the creek. The water will be pumped through a transmission system before eventually discharging to an Upper Floridan aquifer recharge system and into Alligator Creek.

The project is expected to contribute to regional minimum flows and levels (MFLs) recovery and may help improve water levels in lakes and the Alligator Creek system, including drought-stressed lakes Brooklyn and Geneva. Restoration of the lakes is a secondary benefit of the project.

Funding for the estimated $46 million project includes $5 million from district sources and $5 million a year from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund, funded through Amendment One, the Florida Land and Conservation Initiative. The funds are part of a 2017 legislative appropriation championed by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, Rep. Bobby Payne, R-Palatka, and Rep. Travis Cummings, R- Orange Park, and will be administered by the district.

First year funding was $13.3 million with $5.5 million in recurring funds until the project is completed.

Frequently asked questions

We are committed to keeping the public informed as we move through this process. As additional information is available we will share it with interested parties. To be added to that distribution list, please email contactus@sjrwmd.com with the subject line Black Creek.

How will the project impact salinity concentrations in Black Creek?

  • Salinity change will be the equivalent of 1/16th of a teaspoon in a gallon of water.
  • These small changes in salinity will result in unnoticeable shifts in wetland communities both in Black Creek and the St. Johns River.
  • The point at which saltwater meets freshwater will move by 250 feet as a result of this project, which is equivalent to less than the length of a football field.

Will the project reduce the flow of water in Black Creek?

  • Not significantly. In fact, at low flows, or approximately 25 percent of the time, there will be no withdrawals from Black Creek in order to be protective of the natural systems in the creek.
  • When flow levels are average or above average, no more than 10 million gallons a day will be diverted for aquifer recharge. That’s no more than 4 percent of the total flow in Black Creek.
  • The maximum pumping of 10 million gallons a day will have little to no impact on the environment, according to a preliminary environmental assessment.

What is the project’s effect on Black Creek’s water quality?

  • This is a water recharge project that will have little to no impact on water quality.
  • Water quality at Black Creek right now is generally good and this project will not change that.

What studies have been conducted to guide the project and reassure the public?

  • The district conducted a preliminary assessment that shows that the proposed quantity of surface water may be safely diverted from Black Creek with little to no environmental effects. You can find the Black Creek Water Resource Development Preliminary Assessment report on our website, www.com, on the Black Creek page.
  • Additional evaluations will occur as permitting, design and engineering move forward.

Has pumping already begun at Black Creek?

No, the project is in permitting phase. Final design changes, if any, will be made when the permitting phase is complete.

Are there concerns that EZ Base could contaminate the project site or Black Creek itself?

  • No, the area where EZ Base concerns exist near Camp Blanding are not geographically near the Black Creek project application site or recharge areas.
  • For additional information about EZ Base, please reach out to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Northeast District Ombudsman, Russell Simpson, at 904-256-1653.

How is this project beneficial and to whom?

  • The project is among several identified in the NFRWSP to help meet future water supply demands across the region while protecting natural resources.
  • The project will recharge the Upper Floridan aquifer in northeast Florida, helping to sustain or recover established MFLs in the region while also benefitting water users.
  • While the project may help improve water levels in lakes in Keystone Heights and throughout the Alligator Creek system, including drought-stressed lakes Brooklyn and Geneva, its purpose is to recharge the Upper Floridan aquifer and, as stated above, is expected to benefit MFLs in the region.

Did the public just find out about this project?

  • No, this project has been discussed broadly with the public since May 2013.
  • The Black Creek project is part of the NFRWSP, which was developed through a highly collaborative process among the Suwannee River and St. Johns River water management districts and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, local governments, public supply utilities, environmental advocates and other stakeholders.
  • Over four years, the NFRWSP planning process included 36 Stakeholder Advisory Committee meetings, more than 50 other stakeholder meetings and two public workshops to engage stakeholders to understand their individual perspectives as related to water resource issues in north Florida.
  • The district will continue to hold public meetings as the project progresses in order to keep the public well informed.

How are you keeping the public informed about the Black Creek project?

  • We have a webpage dedicated to the Black Creek project at sjrwmd.com/projects/#black-creek where we keep updated, timely information on the project as well as project history.
  • We’ll continue to share project progress and updates through our district Facebook and Twitter pages, @sjrwmd.
  • To get regular email updates on the project please join our interested parties list by emailing contactus@sjrwmd.com with the subject line Black Creek.

Achieved milestones

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ request for additional information (RAI) on permit and application has been submitted. Application submitted June 21, 2018. Most recent RAI response submitted July 3, 2019.
  • Florida Department of Transportation permit was issued on October 30, 2018.
  • Permit pre-application meetings with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are ongoing.
  • DEP Site Specific Alternative Criteria Petition was submitted on January 27, 2020.
  • The 90 percent project design deliverable was completed on December 13, 2018.
  • Aquifer modeling results indicate substantial benefit to the Upper Floridan aquifer and the Keystone lakes. Regional aquifer recharge estimated to be 4.5 million gallons per day on average and lake levels to be increased by 10 feet or more depending on local rainfall and flows within Black Creek.
  • The following reports are complete: Topological survey, geotechnical report, archeological study and endangered species report.
  • Land and easements for the project have been acquired.

Project schedule

July 2017

  • District Governing Board approved the design contractor ranking, authorization of final contract execution and associated budget transfers

FY 2018

  • Design and engineering
  • Land acquisition

FY 2019

  • Permitting

FY 2020

  • Finalize permitting
  • Design completion

FY 2021

  • Begin construction

Cost-share projects

The district’s ongoing cost-sharing program works with local governments, utilities, the agricultural community and other stakeholders to share in construction costs for projects that support one of the district’s core missions. By partnering with local governments and water suppliers, we are stretching taxpayer dollars further for construction projects that are producing real results in water resource protection.

Since the 2013–2014 fiscal year, the district has awarded more than $165 million in cost-share funding toward projects with total construction costs of $477,373,735. Through these projects, estimated benefits include 152 mgd of alternative water supply developed, 10 mgd of water conserved, 1,782,435 lbs/yr total nitrogen reduction; 437,695 lbs/yr reduction in total phosphorus, and 5,144 acres protected from flooding.

We are proud to partner with the communities throughout the district and the 272 projects that have been completed since Oct. 1, 2016.

Daytona Beach Bennett Swamp Rehydration and Conservation

(from the 2018 funding cycle; in progress; water quality project in Volusia County; $1.76 million district cost-share)

The water quality improvement project will include installation of 19,000 linear feet of pipes, dispersal units, and more than 50 flow-regulating valves and meters to disperse treated reclaimed water from the city’s westside regional wastewater treatment plant into 1,100 acres of the Bennett Swamp (a forested wetland) at an average annual rate of 6 million gallons per day (mgd). The project is expected to result in a removal of 54,000 lbs of total nitrogen and 18,000 lbs/yr total phosphorus from the Halifax River.

Construction equipment out in a forest
Construction crew working out in a forest

Bunnell Reclaimed Water Main Extension to State Road 100

(from the 2017 funding cycle, REDI grant, in progress; water supply project in Flagler County; $495,000 district cost-share)

The project consists of extending the city’s reclaimed water main by 1.5 miles along Grand Reserve Boulevard to State Road100 and Commerce Parkway and enable connection to current potable water irrigation systems. The project also includes upgrading the pumps at the wastewater treatment plant to provide reclaimed water at a higher pressure to end users for direct irrigation use. This is part of a goal toward zero discharge into Haw Creek from the wastewater treatment plant to reduce total maximum daily loads (TMDLs). The project will provide access to reclaimed water to the eastern part of the city.

Pumps and purple pipes out in a field

Oakland Stormwater/Drainage Improvements

(from the 2017 funding cycle; completed; flood protection project in Orange County; $184,803 district cost-share)

The town of Oakland identified the project as a necessary component to protecting water quality by redirecting and treating stormwater before it enters Lake Apopka or the Upper Floridan aquifer. A secondary benefit includes reducing local flood potential by better directing stormwater into available swales and retention ponds. The project included construction of drainage swales and retention ponds with nutrient-absorbing liners that reduce nitrogen and phosphorus loading in stormwater from flowing into Lake Apopka, and helps prevent flooding. The project also required the installation of piping to help convey water to the swales and ponds. These improvements will benefit the Ocklawaha River.

A tractor clearing land next to a stormwater retention basin
Workers in a trench in a neighborhood

Ocala Pine Oaks Wetland Recharge Project

(from the 2018 funding cycle; groundbreaking held in June 2018; natural systems protection project in Marion County; $4 million district cost-share; the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is also a funding partner.)

This project is one of the measures toward the Silver Springs minimum flows and levels (MFLs) Prevention Strategy. The project involves the construction of a 33-acre groundwater recharge wetland that will receive advanced treated wastewater from two of the city of Ocala’s water reclamation facilities and stormwater from the Old City Yard Drainage Retention Area. The project will provide 3 to 5 million gallons per day (mgd) of recharge to the Upper Floridan aquifer, which is of significant benefit to Silver Springs, and will also provide water quality improvements treatment of the water through the wetland. Estimated nutrient load reductions are 59,000 lbs/yr total nitrogen and 30,000 lbs/yr total phosphorous.

Dr. Ann Shortelle and other local officials shoveling dirt at the Ocala wetland groundwater recharge park groundbreaking ceremony

Crane Creek / M-1 Canal flow restoration project

Updated on 2-4-2020

The M-1 Canal is a 100-year old, man-made flood control feature in Brevard County that cuts through the historic drainage divide between the St. Johns River and the Indian River Lagoon.

The M-1 Canal diverts stormwater flow from 5,300 acres of drainage area in Melbourne, West Melbourne, Melbourne Village and portions of unincorporated Brevard County and sends the water east to the Indian River Lagoon via Crane Creek. Elevated levels of nutrients within runoff from this currently diverted watershed degrade water quality in the Indian River Lagoon and provide fuel for algal blooms.

The Crane Creek / M-1 Canal Project — identified in the 2017 Indian River Lagoon Stormwater Capture and Treatment Feasibility Analysis and led by the St. Johns River Water Management District — will substantially reduce nutrients flowing, or “loading,” to the Indian River Lagoon. Construction of the project will result in re-routing water in the M-1 Canal westward for treatment in a constructed stormwater treatment area prior to discharging to the St. Johns River Basin.

Project components include an operable weir east of Evans Road (behind the Melbourne Square Mall), a pump station, pipeline and stormwater treatment area west of Interstate 95. The operable weir – which allows capture of runoff for the pump station – is engineered to have no impact on the existing flood control capability of the M-1 Canal. To accomplish this, the canal and weir will be designed in a way to allow stormwater to flow unimpeded during major storm events.

This project will help reduce nutrient flows into both the Indian River Lagoon and the St. Johns River while also providing a potential water supply benefit by restoring 7 million gallons of freshwater flow per day to the St. Johns River.

Nutrient reductions to the Indian River Lagoon are estimated to be:

  • Total nitrogen 24,000 lb./yr.
  • Total phosphorus 3,100 lb./yr.
  • Total suspended solids 90,000 lb./yr.
Dock at Crane Creek
Map of M-1 Canal

Project schedule

July 2017

  • Engineering design start

FY 2018

  • Hydraulic and hydrologic modeling
  • Engineering design
  • Land acquisition

FY 2019

  • Completion of land acquisition
  • Engineering design
  • Permitting

FY 2020 – 2022

  • Permitting
  • Final design
  • Construction

Project milestones

  • Hydraulic and hydrologic modeling is competed.
  • Design is underway.

Project partners

  • Brevard County ($2.03 million funding contribution)
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection ($2.45 million funding contribution)
    • The St. Johns River Water Management District will fund the project’s balance, estimated between $7–11 million, and is responsible for executing the project, including land acquisition and securing property rights and permits; engineering; construction and operations.

Contact:

cranecreekproject@sjrwmd.com

FAQs

When is the project slated to begin and when will it be completed?
The construction phase of this project is scheduled to begin in July-August 2020. The anticipated completion date is June 2022.

Reversing some of the flow in M-1 Canal and sending stormwater west to the St. Johns River will help the Indian River Lagoon, but how will the stormwater be cleaned before it reaches the St. Johns River?
Water from the M-1 Canal will be pumped under Interstate 95 and Heritage Parkway to a stormwater treatment area (STA) and created wetland. The STA provides treatment for the water which then flows through the created wetland for additional treatment.

Will construction impact local traffic, especially in nearby neighborhoods?
Construction of this project will have no impact on local traffic.

Will the installation of the weir at the M-1 Canal contribute to flooding in nearby neighborhoods already prone to flooding during storm events?
This project will have no adverse impact on the existing stormwater system. Flood protection is a priority and has been carefully analyzed and modeled. The system is designed so that the proposed weir will be lowered (open position) in the event of a major oncoming rainfall event (such as a hurricane or tropical storm). Redundant automatic sensors in the canal will also lower the weirs if the water in the canal reaches certain elevations. The system is continually monitored by operations staff to ensure it is functioning properly. Additional analysis has been performed to ensure that even if the weir is left in the up position, flood protections will remain unchanged. This is possible because the M-1 Canal will be widened over the weir to maintain current flow capacity.

Where in the St. Johns River is the outfall located and does the additional water benefit the river?
The outfall is located west of the Heritage Parkway approximately one-half mile north of U.S.192. The outfall consists of an STA and a treatment wetland.  The treated water then streams into the St. Johns River Marsh via overland flow. The additional water will benefit the St. Johns River by restoring historic baseflow from the watershed that was diverted from the St. Johns River to the Indian River Lagoon.

Who do I call or email if I have additional questions or concerns?
If you have questions about this project you can email cranecreekproject@sjrwmd.com or call Marc Van Heden at 321-676-6604.

Doctors Lake restoration project

Updated on 2-4-2020

Dr. Ann Shortelle speaking at a Doctors Lake event

Dr. Ann Shortelle spoke at an event Aug. 15 hosted by Sen. Rob Bradley (right) to announce legislative funding for water quality projects to benefit Doctors Lake. The funding was championed by Sen. Bradley and Rep. Travis Cummings (left) in the FY 2018 legislative session.

Located in Clay County adjacent to the west bank of the St. Johns River, the Doctors Lake Basin (basin) covers approximately 23 square miles. The basin’s former agricultural and forested lands now support medium and high-density residential areas and commercial properties.

Doctors Lake has experienced water quality issues due to nutrient loading from stormwater runoff and other non-point sources such as septic tank effluent. Because of its narrow connection with the St. Johns River, the 3,400-acre lake has poor circulation and nutrients tend to concentrate in the lake.

Contributing nutrient-loading factors include:

  • Basin population of 35,000 (2000 Census)
  • 12,000-plus housing units
  • 847 units on septic tanks (as of 2008)

During the 2018 legislative session, Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, Senate Budget Chairman, and Rep Travis Cummings, R-Orange Park, secured specific funding during the budget process for the St. Johns River to implement water resources projects that will help improve water quality in the St. Johns River, its tributaries and the Keystone Heights Lake Region, as well as improving public access and recreation projects within the St. Johns River Water Management District.

With then-Gov. Rick Scott’s support and approval of the budget, the St. Johns River Water Management District, Clay County and Clay County Utility Authority (CCUA) partnered to identify potential projects in the area.

Three potential projects identified are:

  • Septic-to-sewer projects extending the CCUA infrastructure to serve lakeside neighborhoods currently on septic systems. Approximately 80 homes converted to central sewer would reduce total nitrogen entering Doctors Lake by about 1,500 pounds per year.
  • Replacing old or failing septic tanks with Individual Distributed Sewer Systems in areas where conventional sewer service is not available or feasible, which will provide treatment that is comparable to that of wastewater treatment facilities. Utilizing this new technology may provide onsite nitrogen reduction up to an estimated 1,125 pounds per year.
  • The Doctors Lake Enhanced Effluent Treatment Project, which will provide innovative technology to remove phosphorus from wastewater effluent. The proposed project will treat an estimated 2 million gallons per day on an annual average basis. This project will remove up to an estimated 6,500 pounds per year of total phosphorus.

Estimated total nitrogen reduction is between 2,200 and 3,000 pounds per year and estimated total phosphorus reduction is 6,500 pounds per year. Total cost for the three projects is $4.5 million.

Map of wastewater projects around Doctors Lake

View the full size PDF project map

Video project comments from the Aug. 15, 2018, announcement:

St. Johns River Water Management District logo
Clay County Utility Authority logo
Clay County seal

Lake Apopka

Woman standing waist-deep in Lake Apopka

Lake Apopka is the headwaters of the Ocklawaha Chain of Lakes. The district and partners have worked since the 1980s to improve the lake’s water quality and habitat, achieving significant water quality and habitat improvements.

For example, in 1994 there was no submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) in the lake. A 2019 survey finds SAV around most of the lake’s perimeter and district staff have observed much of the SAV flowering. Flowering is important for two reasons: first it is an indicator of plant vigor, and second the seeds produced provide for further expansion of these important plants. The return and continuing expansion of SAV indicates water quality and clarity are improving. In May 2018, Field and Stream Magazine recognized the area, highlighting impressive catches of bass and a resurgence of fishing tournaments in the area.

Harvesting of gizzard shad has been an important factor in the water quality improvements, with more than one million pounds of shad removed annually. Since 1993, the shad removal equates to 226,000 pounds of phosphorus removed. Operation of the Lake Apopka Marsh Flow-way since 2003 has resulted in 40 percent of the lake’s water volume having been filtered annually, to remove suspended solids, algae and associated nutrients. In early 2018, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) concurred with the district’s site-wide biological assessment of pesticide concentrations on the North Shore, thus enabling the district to begin implementing a broader management of water, vegetation, etc. — clearance that came three years sooner than expected. The broader management flexibility will provide additional benefits to Lake Apopka.

Examples of current district projects:

  • The district is partnering with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on a $5.7 million project to capture lake sediments in a natural settling area (called a sump) so that it can be periodically pumped to an area on the North Shore designed to hold the removed sediments.
  • The district is pumping suspended muck from near-shore areas of Lake Apopka where sunlight is adequate for submerged plants to grow once again. Muck impedes light penetration and reduces plant growth. This is a $2.7 million partnership project with FWC and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
  • The district is adding improvements to the flow-way designed to optimize its ability to filter suspended sediments from Lake Apopka’s water. The district is partnering with DEP on the $1.6 million project.
  • Utilizing funding from the 2014 Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative, the district has accelerated wetland restoration efforts on portions of the North Shore.
  • The district has pilot tested several innovative processes since 2012, with varying levels of success with those private entities contracted to demonstrate the new methods for removing phosphorus from the lake.
  • The district is working to improve underwater planting techniques and plant tens of thousands of aquatic plants throughout the lake. Thisis a $726,000 collaborative project with the University of Florida.
  • The district is installing floating leaved plants like water lily and lotus in up to 35 acres of the lake in a $200,000 project.

Springs protection projects

Since 2014, 126 projects protecting spring water flow and water quality have been funded through district cost-share programs.  The district has contributed more than $48.7 million toward vital springs projection projects, resulting in more than 90 million gallons of alternative water supplied and 6.2 million gallons of water a day (mgd) conserved.  These projects also have reduced total nitrogen to priority spring systems by 1.1 million lbs./year and total phosphorus by 170,000 lbs./year.

Blue Springs — Volusia County Wastewater Infrastructure for Blue Spring

(2019 funding cycle; $1.4 million district cost-share)

Volusia County is using cost-share funds to decommission its Del North wastewater treatment plant, construct a master lift station and three miles of piping, and connect to the Volusia County Southwest Regional Water Reclamation Facility for advanced wastewater treatment. The project will benefit Blue Springs, as both sites are within the Volusia Blue Springs Priority Focus Area and the pending Basin Management Action Plan area for Volusia Blue Springs. Annual estimated water quality benefits are 6,390 pounds of nitrogen and 2,065 pounds of phosphorus reductions.

Silver Springs — Marion County Silver Springs Shores Regional Capacity Improvements

(2019 funding cycle; $1.5 million district cost-share)

This project is to improve the Silver Springs Shores Wastewater Treatment Facility by enhancing the nutrient removal capabilities to meet advanced wastewater treatment standards and to expand the capacity by 0.5 million gallons per day for future package plant and septic-to-sewer connections. Estimated water quality benefit is 3,050 pounds a year of nitrogen removal and a secondary benefit of .01 million gallons a day of alternative water made available within the Silver Springs Priority Focus Area and the pending Basin Management Action Plan area.

Wekiwa-Rock Springs — Altamonte Springs Regional Water Reclamation Facility Advanced Wastewater

(2018 funding cycle; $1.5 million district cost-share)

Altamonte Springs is improving the treatment process at its regional wastewater reclamation facility from secondary to advanced wastewater treatment standards. The plant is located in the Wekiwa-Rock Springs Priority Focus Area, and the process improvements benefit the Wekiwa-Rock Springs Basin, Lake Jesup and Lake Apopka. Estimated annual water quality benefits are 10,274 pounds of nitrogen and 54,794 pounds of phosphorus.

Construction equipment at work site

Volusia Blue Springs — Deltona Water Management Site

(2017 funding cycle; $1.9 million district cost-share)

This project furthers construction and water management features at a city-owned water management site by the West Volusia Water Suppliers cooperative. This phase includes construction of a 4 million gallon per day (mgd) system to treat stormwater and future surface water from Lake Monroe. The treated water will be used to augment reclaimed water supplies. Project benefits include helping to meet the requirements for the recovery strategy set by the district in 2006 for the Volusia Blue Springs minimum flows and levels. Total project construction is estimated at $7.5 million, with contributions of $1.9 million each from the district and Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Collage of Deltona water management project construction photographs