Titusville completes stormwater pond retrofit
The city of Titusville recently completed the planting of littoral zones at three city-maintained ponds after being awarded a grant by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The project will help reduce nutrients entering the North Indian River Lagoon Basin.
Aquatic plants in the littoral zone can improve water quality by removing excess nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen from stormwater runoff. This can help improve water clarity and prevent algal blooms. These native plants also stabilize the pond banks to prevent erosion and provide habitat for wildlife.
These types of plantings provide ponds with a more natural shoreline that create buffers and increased filtration. The pond retrofit is a first for the city and they plan to closely monitor its success to determine if they should implement more projects like this in the future.
Funding for this project came from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Program Grant and the city of Titusville’s Stormwater Utility.
The city continues to implement numerous projects that aid in the protection of the Indian River Lagoon, for more information on what is being done please visit the Stormwater Department webpage located at www.titusville.com.
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