Ron DeSantis celebrates activation of stormwater treatment area

Gov. Ron DeSantis visited Martin County Friday as the water began flowing into the C-44 Reservoir stormwater treatment area (STA) site.

“These are the first gallons of water pumped into this major environmental restoration project that plays a huge role in giving us a cleaner, healthier St. Lucie Estuary,” DeSantis said.

“We must do more now for our environment to reduce harmful discharges to the coastal estuaries and improve water quality, and this treatment area will play a major role in accomplishing both goals. We will continue to expedite critical Everglades reservoir projects like the C-44 Reservoir.”

The project is one of several — including the Herbert Hoover rehabilitation project, Kissimmee River Restoration and the C-23, C-24 and C-25 projects — aimed at helping improve water quality in the region.

The C-44 Reservoir will be used to, in part, store releases from Lake Okeechobee which can contain toxic blue-green algae. Those releases into other waterways have helped spread that algae in the past.

“Water flowing into this treatment area marks a momentous day in the history of the Everglades, the Treasure Coast, and the St. Lucie Estuary,” said Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, a member of the South Florida

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