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Florida Plant to Improve Water Quality

In Milton, Fla., a new wastewater plant will improve water quality of the Blackwater River

In Milton, Fla., a new wastewater plant will improve water quality of the Blackwater River
In Milton, Fla., a new wastewater plant will improve water quality of the Blackwater River.

The town of Milton, Fla., continues to move forward on its estimated $31 million project to move its wastewater treatment plant to East Milton to end its discharge of effluent into the Blackwater River and improve water quality.

According to The Northwest Florida Daily News, the Milton City Manager Randy Jorgenson said the plant will be moved to a 24-acre site at the Santa Rosa Industrial Park in East Milton in five phases. The city is currently in Phase I. No date for completion of the project has been set, however the city plans to use various funding sources until it is done.

The Santa Rosa County Commissioners prioritized the city’s wastewater project, as part of the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies (RESTORE) Act. According to The Northwest Florida Daily News, the county also approved $2 million for the major health and environmental project.

“The [county commissioners] understand the economic vitality and the environmental impact of this project,” Jorgenson said.

According to the Daily News, Milton’s wastewater treatment plant, which is located just south of downtown will reach its maximum treatment capacity of 2.5 million gal a day by 2025. The proposed plant could treat 8 million gal a day.

To help oversee the project, a steering committee meets every two weeks, according to the Daily News. Members do research on the various components involved with moving the wastewater treatment plant in between meetings and their results determine the next step in the process, Jorgenson said.

The next step, he said, is reworking the application to the Triumph Gulf Coast Inc. board and meeting with the RESTORE Act council.

According to the Daily News, RESTORE of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 established the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund overseen by the U.S. Treasury. The trust fund allocates 80% of the amount of any Clean Water Act fines from the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the Gulf Coast. Of that amount, 75% of Florida’s funding goes to the eight most impacted counties, which includes Bay, Escambia, Franklin, Gulf, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Wakulla and Walton counties.

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