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Dec. 26, 2017 - Springs protection: Ribbon-cutting for stormwater drainage retention are retrofit in Silver Springs Shores

10:30 a.m. on Jan. 4, 2018

Post Date:12/27/2017 8:41 AM

Immediate release
Dec. 26, 2017
Media contact:
Stacie Causey, Public Information Specialist
Office: 352-438-2311 ▪ Cell: 352-789-2152
Email: stacie.causey@marioncountyfl.org

Springs protection: Ribbon-cutting for stormwater drainage retention area retrofit in Silver Springs Shores

Who:

Marion County Office of the County Engineer, St. Johns River Water Management District and Florida Department of Environmental Protection

What:

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for Silver Springs Shores Unit 7 Stormwater retrofit project

When:

10:30 a.m. ▪ Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

Where:

Project site, at the intersection of Pine Road and Midway Terrace, Silver Springs Shores

Why:

As stormwater runs along the ground, it picks up pollutants and nutrients such as nitrogen which are harmful to the aquifer and our springs. Marion County works to reduce this nutrient load through its Stormwater Management program, including retrofitting drainage retention areas using best management practices and the latest technology to provide the best filtration possible.

On Thursday, Jan. 4, the Marion County Office of the County Engineer, the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) will celebrate the completion of two retrofitted drainage retention areas that use The University of Central Florida’s patented filtration media, Bold & GoldTM.

Bold & GoldTM is made from sand, clay and recycled tires. This filtration media reduces nitrogen, phosphorus and pathogens which may be transported in stormwater, thereby protecting the aquifer and our springs.

Dignitaries from SJRWMD, FDEP and Marion County will mark the first of several projects to retrofit drainage retention areas throughout Marion County using this innovative treatment throughout the state’s springs protection funding.

This ceremony underscores the county’s strategic goal for natural resource conservation through the improvement of water quality. For more information, contact Zachary Rountree at 352-671-8686 or stormwater@marioncountyfl.org.

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