Tuesday December 12, 2017
McCarty Ranch Extension
14195 Rangeline RD. Port St. Lucie, FL. 34987
The City of Port St. Lucie on December 12 will celebrate the launch of a significant water-quality project that will make a positive difference in the fight to protect the health of the Treasure Coast’s waterways.
In the midst of ongoing debate about large-scale, statewide answers to the problems that plague the health of the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon, City leaders have been working to find local solutions. Port St. Lucie is ready to make one of those solutions a reality, and it invites the community, along with elected officials, dignitaries and state leaders, to celebrate this progress on December 12 at 9 a.m. at a groundbreaking ceremony.
The City of Port St. Lucie will break ground on the McCarty Ranch Extension Water Quality Project --which, when complete, will keep up to 21 percent of nutrient-laden excess freshwater discharges out of the C-23 Canal from entering the North Fork of the St. Lucie River.
“The people of Port St. Lucie have repeatedly stepped up to the plate on water issues, whether it was creating a state of the art water and wastewater utility, carrying out one of the largest septic tank conversion programs in the country, or completing the $36 million Eastern Watershed Improvement Project; and, they are ready to do it again now,” Port St. Lucie Mayor Greg Oravec said. “The McCarty Ranch Extension Water Quality Project is a difference maker, and it demonstrates that cities, seizing local opportunities, can be the agents of positive change, change that reaches far outside of city limits. At the same time, it also reminds us of how much more we can accomplish when we the people and our institutions are united in purpose. “
The City will begin construction in December on the first phase of this project. Overall, the project will take approximately 1,871 acres of fallow citrus grove and convert it to a shallow water storage facility, consisting of seven reservoirs. These reservoirs will be capable of receiving water diverted from the C-23 Canal, along with capturing an annual average of 53 inches of rain on the property, reducing the need to discharge into the North Fork.
The first phase of the project was funded by the South Florida Water Management District and The Florida Department of Environmental Protection. During the last legislative session, the state approved a legislative grant for $1,080,575 for the second phase of the project.
City leaders look forward to sharing details at the groundbreaking ceremony about this important project with the City’s state and federal project partners and Treasure Coast residents who care deeply about the health of our waterways. Those who attend will get a first-hand look at land, to the south of the City’s McCarty Ranch Preserve, that will become reservoirs where water will be naturally cleaned, and ultimately, will become an alternative source of drinking water for the growing City.