Lake Hunter Stormwater Treatment Project Receives Cooperative Funding Grant from SWFWMD
Project will include design & construction of stormwater treatment ponds & a litter control device.
LAKELAND, FL (September 26, 2017) - The City of Lakeland was recently awarded a grant of $466,990 from the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) as part of its annual Cooperative Funding Initiative (CFI) program for a stormwater treatment project at Lake Hunter. The CFI program provides funding to local governments to cover up to 50% of costs for water quality improvement and flood control projects. The project will be implemented specifically to assist with nutrient reduction in stormwater discharges to the lake as part of the City’s ongoing efforts to improve water quality in Lake Hunter. Lake Hunter has been identified as a priority waterbody with a regulatory Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) reduction requirement for total nitrogen and total phosphorous.
The Lake Hunter project includes the design and construction of a stormwater management and treatment facility on the north side of Sikes Boulevard. Several existing wetland areas will be transferred to the City of Lakeland by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), and will be restored. Existing stormwater retention ponds will be deepened to provide additional storage and enhance nutrient load removal for stormwater. Pollution control devices will aid in removing litter and additional nutrients from stormwater before it enters the lake.
The location was chosen to maximize use of available property; improve hydration, habitat and function of existing wetlands; enhance litter capture and removal; and, obtain nutrient load reduction of previously untreated stormwater prior to its discharge to Lake Hunter. A boardwalk is also proposed with connectivity to the Sikes Boulevard sidewalk and/or the RP Funding Center, which will provide recreational opportunities and observation areas for public benefit.