TAVARES — The Stormwater Section of the Lake County Department of Public Works completed this month the Dead River stormwater pond, located on Dead River Road in the Lake Harris Basin.
The 7-acre stormwater pond redirects runoff that previously went directly into the Dead River. The pond treats a 52-acre drainage basin. The project was in response to the phosphorous total maximum daily loads (TMDL) for Lake Harris.
According to Mary Hamilton, Manager of the Lake County Stormwater Section, a year of monitoring the area’s water quality will determine the effectiveness of the new Dead River stormwater pond.
The 8.5 acres was purchased for $1.165 million and was jointly funded by the Lake County Stormwater Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) and Lake County Public Lands Management. The $1.3 million to construct the pond was from the Stormwater MSTU with grants of $250,000 from the Lake County Water Authority and $575,000 from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
"By preserving properties such as this, we are helping to protect the watershed of this basin, maintain Lake County's environmental balance and preserve natural resources," said David Hansen, Public Lands Program Manager.
In addition to improving the area’s stormwater quality, the Dead River stormwater pond is an opportunity to preserve and conserve open land near Lake Harris. Since its completion, staff says the native vegetation planted along the pond is attracting new wildlife to the property.
For more information about the Lake County Stormwater Section, call (352) 483-9080.