Water quality partnership project reduces nutrient loading to the Indian River Lagoon

PALATKA, Fla., Aug. 17, 2016 — Work is nearly complete on a project that will reduce nutrient discharges from septic tanks and storm water entering the Indian River Lagoon (IRL). The cost-share partnership project between the city of Edgewater and the St. Johns River Water Management District will remove nearly 1,500 pounds of nitrogen and nearly 260 pounds of phosphorus annually from the IRL basin.

“I am excited to partner with the city of Edgewater on this project to reduce nutrient loading to the lagoon and to help offset the city’s water supply demands with reclaimed water,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “We are working hard with our partners to address the lagoon’s water quality challenges and to protect this incredible resource.”

“The health of Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River is of utmost importance to the city of Edgewater,” said Edgewater Mayor Mike Ignasiak. “Edgewater has committed efforts and resources to reduce the number of septic tanks and place these structures on a sewer system. The city is pleased to partner with St. Johns River Water Management District on this important project and we look forward to additional projects in the future.”

The city of Edgewater is working to eliminate septic tanks adjacent to the Indian River, decreasing and/or treating stormwater runoff and paving unimproved roads. This project involves installing sewer lines to 32 homes and residential lots along East Thomas Street and Second, Third and Fourth streets. Wastewater will be treated to advanced wastewater treatment standards at the city’s Water Reclamation Facility. The additional wastewater will also allow the city to continue expansion of its reclaimed water system.

Additionally, the project includes conveying and treating storm water from a 13-acre watershed. Currently, those stormwater flows travel directly to the Indian River.

The district is contributing approximately $289,000 toward the $876,600 project.