Reed Canal Basin, Halifax River to Benefit From More Than $110,000 Investment

Oct. 21, 2014

~Funding will allow for the purchase of land to construct retention area~

The Lantern Park Subdivision in South Daytona will soon receive must-needed flood protection thanks to a $112,500 investment from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the city of South Daytona. The investment funds part one of a project to reroute the current stormwater collection system and create a new retention area.

“The construction of this new retention area is not only a win for homeowners who have been negatively impacted by flooding, but also a win for the Reed Canal and Halifax River,” said DEP Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. “This land acquisition will allow for the installation of a retention area and stormwater pumps that will help the homeowners and the environment.”

“In light of the recent hard rain our area had received, this project is of vital importance to our community and surrounding areas,” said Sen. Dorothy Hukill. “Not only will this project alleviate flooding concerns in the Lantern Park subdivision, it also allows for collected stormwater to be pretreated before it makes its way to the Halifax River. This project is as much a public safety and property protection priority, as well as an important environmental safeguard.”

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 Lantern Park subdivision was developed in the 1960s without a stormwater retention system. The inlets located throughout the subdivision collect stormwater and discharge it directly into Reed Canal. This untreated stormwater travels down Reed Canal and eventually flows into the Halifax River, which is a protected waterway.

This stormwater protection project involves the acquisition of a parcel of land, construction of a stormwater retention area to pretreat the collected stormwater and installation of a stormwater pump station to alleviate flooding. The city of South Daytona has been trying to purchase a parcel of land big enough to construct the stormwater retention area for this subdivision. Recently, an ideal parcel became available and this grant is going to fund the 1.25-acre land acquisition, which is expected to be completed by January 2015.

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