DEP Commits $700,000 to Fort Lauderdale for Stormwater and Flood Control

Oct. 23, 2014

~Project protects residents from flooding and reduces pollutants reaching the Atlantic~

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has committed $700,000 to the city of Fort Lauderdale for a project to enhance stormwater and flood control in the Las Olas Isles, Venice Isle and Rio Vista neighborhoods.

The project includes the installation of almost 50 tidal control valves, drainage improvements, manatee grates and 48 pollution-control baffles. Baffles are a stormwater-treatment technology that remove sediments, suspended particles and associated pollutants from stormwater.

“To protect our natural resources, every resident and every community must take responsibility for their impact on the environment,” said DEP Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. “Stormwater and flood control are two tools that allow municipalities to improve water quality.”

Stormwater runoff is water that flows into creeks, streams or rivers after rain. Stormwater runoff usually contains a number of pollutants, including fertilizers, pesticides, oil and grease. Once this runoff reaches a body of water, the pollutants can cause rapid algal growth, algal blooms and other complications. The stormwater in these neighborhoods moves from the canals to the Atlantic Ocean.

Once runoff reaches a body of water, the pollutants can contribute to rapid algal growth, algal blooms and other complications. Filtration of the stormwater through pollution-control baffles reduces the amount of pollutants that reach the ocean. The flood protection provided by the tidal control valves and drainage improvements protects homes and residents and diminishes the opportunity for pollutants to enter the canals during a flood event.

Florida continues to lead the nation in taking innovative approaches to stormwater management. Florida was not only one of the first states to implement a statewide stormwater program, but also one of the first states to address both agricultural and urban stormwater management through its water-quality restoration program.

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