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Lake Jesup, Soldiers Creek water quality project underway

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Construction is now underway on a project to help improve water quality in Lake Jesup and Soldiers Creek in Seminole County.

The St. Johns River Water Management District contributed $800,000 to Seminole County's Lake Jesup Nutrient Reduction Facility as part of a cost-share program.

The project addresses important transportation and environmental needs in Seminole County and demonstrates the type of intergovernmental collaboration that funds construction of essential infrastructure, according to John Horan, chairman of the Seminole County Board of County Commissioners.

The project will treat diverted flows from Soldiers Creek, which discharges to Spring Hammock Preserve, Lake Jesup and the middle St. Johns River.

Construction is expected to be complete in early 2017. The project expects to remove up to 82 percent of total phosphorus and 43 percent of total nitrogen annually when operating at peak capacity.

The total estimated project cost is $7.6 million.

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