WEST PALM BEACH – The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is moving forward with a project to help clean water in the Caloosahatchee River.
At their Nov. 18 meeting, the SFWMD Governing Board accepted the low bid of $26.4 million from Phillips & Jordan for the project.
“I think it is a well-designed project,” said SFWMD Governing Board member Ben Butler. “
The staff report explains that “as part of the Northern Everglades Estuary Protection Program (NEEPP), the C-43 Canal Water Quality Treatment and Testing Project (C-43 Canal WQTTP) has an overarching objective to demonstrate and implement cost-effective, wetland-based strategies for reducing nutrient discharges, particularly nitrogen, to the C-43 Canal, the Caloosahatchee River, and the estuary.”
The planned project site for the facility, currently known as the BOMA Site, is situated South of the Caloosahatchee River, North of State Road 80, just upstream (East) of the S-78 Spillway and Lock Structure.
The C-43 canal conceptional plan, completed in 2012, recommended a phased, multi-scale wetland demonstration testing facility to help better understand the nitrogen cycle and study the key factors associated with nitrogen reduction in treatment wetlands.