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LAKE MORTON SHORELINE IMPROVEMENTS

STABILIZATION PROJECT WILL INCLUDE AQUATIC PLANTS AND UPLAND PLANT SPECIES


LAKELAND, FL (February 26, 2015) - The City of Lakeland will soon be planting aquatic plants as well as grasses and shrubs along an area of shoreline on Lake Morton as part of A long-term shoreline stabilization plan.  Curtis Porterfield, Manager of the Lakes & Stormwater Division said, “There is a 150 ft. section of shoreline on the north end of the lake, across from the Chamber of Commerce, in need of immediate repair and this is the area where visitors will see us working.” 

 

Similar to prior aquatic planting efforts of the City, a low-profile fence will be erected on Monday, March 9th so newly planted aquatic vegetation can get established.  The green vinyl chain-link fence will be up for approximately one year.  Porterfield said, “Because of the abundance of waterfowl on Lake Morton, the pressure on new plants is extremely high.  For this reason, a perimeter fence is needed to ensure successful plant growth.”

 

Native aquatic and upland species of plants will be used as a natural shoreline stabilizer very similar to other areas around Lake Morton that have already been established.   A portion of the geofabric that is in place now will be removed so visitors around Lake Morton may see a piece of heavy equipment in the area for a few hours before the fence is installed.

 

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Curtis Porterfield has been named the City of Lakeland’s Manager of Lakes and Stormwater and he will officially start Monday, February 4th.   Porterfield has been serving as a Lakes Biologist for the Polk County Board of County Commissioners since 2007.  Prior to his tenure with Polk County, he worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as an Environmental Specialist for three years.

Porterfield said, “I am eager to apply my years of experience and environmental science education to the Manager of Lakes and Stormwater position.  I am very familiar with the program, overseeing similar duties for Polk County and I look forward to this opportunity.”

Director of Public Works, Rick Lilyquist said, “We had some very talented candidates that applied for this position and we feel that Curtis is the right choice because of his years of experience and associated knowledge of lakes restoration programs, his passion for the environment, and desire to enhance the quality of Lakeland’s surface water resources."

Porterfield graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Policy.  His annual salary as Manager of Lakes and Stormwater will be $71,905.60 and he is 34 years old.

The Lakes and Stormwater Division is staffed by five environmental scientists and it is housed within the Public Works Department. The division is located at 407 Fairway Avenue. Funding for Lakes and Stormwater related projects comes from the City's Stormwater Utility. The establishment of the Lakes and Stormwater Division has contributed considerably to improving the health and beauty of Lakeland’s water bodies.  For more information regarding the City of Lakeland and its services, please visit www.lakelandgov.net.