Video: Ten Mile Creek Water Preserve Area Begins Operation to Protect St. Lucie River and Estuary
The project provides critical water storage and water quality
|Click on the image to watch a video presentation on the Ten Mile Creek Water Preserve Area
West Palm Beach, FL - Reaching a major milestone in the effort to protect the St. Lucie River and Estuary, engineers at the South Florida Water Management District this month began filling the repaired Ten Mile Creek Water Preserve Area to store and clean water for the river and estuary.
Congress tasked SFWMD with completing the long-stalled federal project and bringing it online to provide the intended benefits to the river and estuary ecosystems and the families and businesses in St. Lucie and Martin counties who depend on their health.
In a video presentation, water managers explain the problem and the project's solution:
- Ten Mile Creek collects stormwater runoff across St. Lucie County and empties into the St. Lucie River.
- Too much freshwater and too many nutrients upset the delicate ecological balance in the river and estuary.
- The project pumps excess stormwater runoff from the creek into a reservoir.
- The stored water flows to a wetland with plants that clean nutrients such as phosphorus.
- The water is sent back to the creek at the right time and in the right volume for the river and estuary.