The Northwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board recently approved up to $71,500 in grant funding to the City of Apalachicola to improve water quality in Apalachicola Bay. Under this agreement, the District will provide funding for the design and engineering of a stormwater improvement project within the Battery Park Basin.
"The health of the Apalachicola River and Bay system is important to both the environment and economy of Florida," said Executive Director Jon Steverson.
The proposed project includes the construction of a large wet detention facility designed to capture, store and treat stormwater runoff before it is discharged to Apalachicola Bay. Along with improving the quality of water entering the Bay, this facility will also add a visually-appealing element to the popular park. An additional component of the project includes conveyance system enhancements that will pre-treat runoff and help address localized flooding within the City of Apalachicola.
"I'm pleased by the District's ongoing efforts to reduce stormwater runoff and improve water quality in Apalachicola Bay," said Governing Board Secretary-Treasurer Joyce Estes.
The District's initial grant is expected to fund the entire cost of engineering, design, surveying and permitting for the project.
Through its Surface Water Improvement and Management (SWIM) program, the District works with state agencies, local governments and other organizations to focus on water quality and habitat restoration in priority watersheds across northwest Florida.