OKEECHOBEE – A presentation on the Lower Kissimmee Basin Stormwater Treatment Area Project (LKBSTA) is planned for 10 a.m. on Aug. 10, as part of the Okeechobee County Commission meeting in the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St.
Jeremy McBryan of Ecosystems Investment Partners (EIP) and Megan Jacoby of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will provide a briefing on the project which will clean water before it enters Lake Okeechobee.
The LKBSTA project is planned about three miles upstream of Lake Okeechobee on the east side of the Kissimmee River. The property is south of State Road 70 and west of the Lazy 7 subdivision.
The project is designed to pull water from the L-62 canal and clean it before the water is released to the Kissimmee River. If L-62 canal water is not available, the project can pull water from the Kissimmee River (C-38 canal). One inflow pump can convey water from both the L-62 and C-38 canals.
The average water depth in the STA would be about 18 inches, according to the plans shared by EIP. The berm surrounding the STA would be about 4 feet higher than the water. A canal outside the berm would collect any seepage.
The public is welcome to attend.