DEP Provides $750,000 for Stormwater Improvement Project in Port Orange

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DEP Provides $750,000 for Stormwater Improvement Project in Port Orange

~Project assists with excess stormwater runoff ~

Port Orange Ribbon Cutting

Port Orange, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection provided $750,000 to the city of Port Orange for the White Acres neighborhood wastewater and stormwater improvements. The project will benefit water quality in the Spruce Creek Drainage Basin by updating and expanding the stormwater collection system in the White Acres subdivision. This will allow the system to better capture and treat stormwater runoff, reducing the amount of nutrients going into Spruce Creek, an Outstanding Florida Water, as well as help with flood control.

"We are proud to partner with Port Orange to provide this grant for stormwater improvements," said Trina Vielhauer, director of the Division of Water Restoration Assistance. "Reaching smaller neighborhoods and subdivisions like White Acres to update and maintain stormwater systems helps improve water quality and is an important priority for the department."

Recently, the city held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the gravity sewer collection system and stormwater collection system with swales and ditch improvements, which will help facilitate stormwater treatment and conveyance. Improvements include partially filling existing deep ditches, constructing shallow swales, and installing stormwater pipes and collection structures.

"Port Orange is thankful to DEP for their part in funding this project," said Don Burnett, city of Port Orange Mayor. "The ability for different state and local agencies to collaborate on projects like this ultimately makes Port Orange a better place to live, work and play."

The $1.1 million project was also funded by the St. Johns River Water Management District and a Community Development Block Grant.