Gulfport Receives Financial Aid From DEP to Replace Culvert

Oct. 16, 2014

~Stormwater infrastructure improvements to aid in water-quality protection~

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has teamed up with the city of Gulfport to fund the replacement of stormwater pipes. This project will provide a long-term solution to failed pipelines that the city temporarily fixed recently.

“This project is critical to ensuring the stability of the roadway through this section of Gulfport,” said DEP Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. “The city is doing its part to upgrade this aging infrastructure and the department is happy to assist in this effort to improve the water quality of the outfall.”

“It is important that cities and the state work together to make certain all of Florida’s water bodies are healthy,” said Representative Kathleen Peters. “These grants that the city of Gulfport is receiving will do exactly that in maintaining our infrastructure to protect the quality of our waterways.”

“This is another great project for Pinellas that will improve the quality of infrastructure for our residents,” Senator Jeff Brandes said. “I look forward to pursuing more projects to improve the quality of living in our community.”

“Thanks to this much-needed and well-timed funding, my city is able to move forward with this critical stormwater project ahead of schedule and with a substantially reduced impact to our budget,” said city of Gulfport Mayor Samuel Henderson.

Water that flows off of land and into creeks, streams or rivers after a rain is referred to as stormwater runoff. Stormwater runoff usually contains a number of pollutants including fertilizers, pesticides, oil and grease. Once this runoff reaches a waterbody the pollutants can cause rapid algal growth, algal blooms and other complications.

The pipes in need of replacement run parallel to homes. They cross Pasadena Place South until they terminate at a headwall due south of Pasadena Place South. Recently, a pipe failure resulted in a roadway depression. The city promptly performed emergency repairs to the pipe in order to restore function immediately. The pipes are nearing the end of their service life. This project will replace this existing pipe to remove aging infrastructure and improve the quality of water discharged to the downstream water body.

The department is contributing $245,000 to the project and the city of Gulfport is contributing $150,955. The project is anticipated to be completed by Dec. 2015.

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