Environmental Protection

SFWMD Awards $2.5 M Stormwater Contract to MACTEC

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has retained MACTEC to provide construction management services for a major stormwater project in South Florida. The contract amount is $2.5 million.

SFWMD is a regional governmental agency that oversees the water resources in the southern half of the state, covering 16 counties from Orlando to the Florida Keys and serving a population of 7.5 million residents. Created in 1949, the agency is responsible for managing and protecting water resources of South Florida by balancing and improving water quality, flood control, natural systems, and water supply.

According to MACTEC West Palm Beach Office Manager/Principal Scientist Bruce S. Schmitt, the company also will provide construction inspection, materials testing, and verification surveying services for the Lakeside Ranch Stormwater Treatment Area North (STA), located in western Martin and adjacent Okeechobee counties.

The project (construction costs are approximately $30 million) will encompass 2,700 acres and include a 3-cell STA, distribution/outlet canals and water control structures. It will include improvements for the L-64 and L-63 canals, including excavating about 5,000 linear feet of canal below the control water elevation, partial reconstruction of more than 4,000 linear feet of the L-64 canal, and replacing the culvert/road crossing at County Road 15B (structure S-667).

"The Lakeside Ranch North STA will ultimately provide additional treatment for nutrient laden waters flowing into the Florida Everglades," said Schmitt.

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