C-44 Stormwater Treatment Area
Description: The Indian River Lagoon, home to more than 3,000 species of plants and animals, is considered the most biologically diverse estuarine system in the continental United States. The C-44 Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area is the first component of the multi-billion dollar Indian River Lagoon-South (IRL-S) project, part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). The Project captures local runoff from the C-44 basin, reducing average annual total nutrient loads and improving salinity in the St. Lucie Estuary and the southern portion of the Indian River Lagoon by providing, in total, 60,500 acre-feet of new water storage (50,600 acre-feet in the reservoir and 9,900 acre-feet in the STAs) and 3,600 acres of new wetlands.
Earthology completed the re-application for the project's NPDES stormwater permit. We also conducted stormwater monitoring, reporting, and compliance inspections, and Construction Monitoring Services (CEI Inspections) for the SFWMD.
Client: South Florida Water Management District
Date Start/Complete: 2016/2020