DEP Commits $425,000 to Help Restore Biscayne Bay

Oct. 24, 2014

~Stormwater improvement project protects water quality for Biscayne Bay~

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has committed $425,000 to the city of Aventura for a restoration project to reduce pollutants reaching the northern portion of Biscayne Bay. The project will connect two storm sewer networks to reduce flooding in the area and will also install exfiltration trenches — a treatment technology that reduces pollutant content by percolating stormwater through the soil rather than flushing it downstream to the bay.

“This project is another step toward the restoration of Biscayne Bay,” said DEP Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. “Improving stormwater infrastructure has long-term benefits for both our state’s communities and our natural resources.”

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. Retention and treatment of stormwater runoff through the exfiltration trenches will improve water quality.

Biscayne Bay runs approximately 35 miles along the coast of south Florida. The bay was designated as a state aquatic preserve in 1975 and is home to Biscayne National Park, the largest marine park in the national park system. Biscayne Bay is a valuable resource for food, transportation and tourism.

The waterbody is host to mangrove shorelines, seagrass meadows and coral reefs. These ecosystems support a wide variety of wildlife. The bay is also a popular destination for boating, snorkeling and camping.

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