Tomorrow, 9:30 a.m.: Lk. Jesup Nutrient Reduction Facility Ribbon Cutting

Posted on: 7/6/2017 11:16:17 AM

MEDIA ADVISORY

RIBBON CUTTING: LAKE JESUP
NUTRIENT REDUCTION FACILITY

Friday, July 7, 2017, 2017, 9:30-10:00 a.m.
Intersection of North Ronald Regan Boulevard and South Country Club Road,
Longwood

KEY POINTS

  • New
    Nutrient Reduction Facility (NuRF) was created to reduce pollutant runoff into
    Lake Jesup
  • The
    facility can remove up to 2,137 pounds (82%) of total phosphorus and 4,675 (43%)
    of total nitrogen per year
  • Florida
    Department of Transportation and St. John’s River Water Management District
    partnered with Seminole County to build the facility


PRESS
RELEASE

SEMINOLE
COUNTY, FL (July 5, 2017)- Seminole County along with Florida Department of
Transportation and St. John’s River Water Management officials will gather for
the ribbon cutting of the new Lake Jesup Nutrient Reduction Facility (NuRF) in
Longwood this Friday. The NuRF was constructed to reduce nutrient loads carried
to Lake Jesup by the Soldiers Creek Watershed.

The Soldiers
Creek Watershed encompasses a total land area of approximately 19 square miles
(over 12,000 acres), including portions of unincorporated Seminole County and
the Cities of Lake Mary, Longwood, Sanford and Winter Springs.

Stormwater
runoff from the watershed can be a potential source for many pollutants, such
as phosphorus and nitrogen (nutrients). The NuRF is located in the Soldiers
Creek Watershed, which drains to Lake Jesup and then ultimately to the St.
Johns River.

The facility
can remove up to 82% of total phosphorus and 43% of total nitrogen from the
water it treats.
  This equates to
removing up to 4,675 pounds per year of total nitrogen and 2,137 pounds per
year of total phosphorus that will be prevented from entering Lake Jesup.
During treatment, the alum mixes with stormwater and forms particles that
attract and capture pollutants found in the water, producing “floc”. The floc
particles settle to the bottom of the collection trough and then the cleaned creek
water flows through the stormwater pond and then back into Soldiers Creek. The
system is capable of providing treatment for inflows up to 50 cubic feet per
second (cfs).

QUTOTATIONS
FROM LEADERSHIP

John Horan, Chairman,
Seminole County Board of County Commissioners:
The partnership created for this project addresses important
transportation and environmental needs in Seminole County.
  It demonstrates the type of intergovernmental
collaboration that leverages state, regional and local resources to fund the
construction of essential infrastructure.
 
It is a win/win for all involved; especially for the taxpayers.  Seminole County greatly appreciates its
valuable relationship with the SJRWMD and the FDOT.

Ferrell
Hickson, District Drainage Engineer, Florida Department of Transportation
: The Florida Department of Transportation
is always looking for innovative project ideas. Not only is this project
innovative, but also saved tax payers $3.8 million by not taking the
conventional design approach. We are pleased to be a part of this great project
that will benefit both the community and the environment.

Dr. Ann
Shortelle, Executive Director, St. John’s River Water Management District
: Our cost-share program is an incredible
tool for supporting local projects that promote sustainable water resources,
provide for alternative water supplies and enhance conservation efforts. Projects
like this are a testament to the power of collaboration in achieving positive
results.

 

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Media Contact:
County Manager's Office
1101 East First Street
Sanford, FL 32771
Phone: (407) 665-7212
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