LAKELAND, FL (February 7, 2022) | The City of Lakeland received a $280,000 State Water Quality Assistance Grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) for the the Bonny Lake stormwater outlet. FDEP’s Nonpoint Source Management Program administers the initiative to provide funding to local governments for projects designed to control water pollution from nonpoint sources. Non-point source pollution originates over a wide area and causes contamination from nutrients, sediments and fertilizers that enter runoff and are then transported to surface water bodies.
The project involves the installation of a Nutrient Separating Pollution Control Device (PCD) to be installed at a Bonny Lake spillway on the north side of North Crystal Lake Drive near its intersection with US Highway 98 North. PCD will effectively reduce the amount of sediment, nutrients and floating waste entering Bonny Lake from the stormwater outfall at this location.
Bonny Lake does not meet current water quality standards due to high nutrient levels and has a mandatory requirement to reduce the total maximum daily nutrient load. Previous studies have identified that the primary source of nutrients to Bonny Lake is stormwater discharge from a number of outfall locations. The outfall selected for this project has been shown to contribute significant diffuse source nutrient loads to the lake.
The Lake Bonny Stormwater Outfall Upgrade Project includes the permitting, construction and installation of an underground PCD with nutrient removal capabilities through biosorption filters and innovative baffles. These proven methods are designed to remove sediment and waste from stormwater runoff before it enters the lake. This project is expected to start in the fall of 2022 and will last approximately three months.
Town of Lakeland
The city of Lakeland was incorporated in January 1885 and became one of the largest inland communities in Florida. With a current population of over 100,000, Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years. With tourist attractions and Gulf beaches just an hour’s drive away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its convenient central Florida location along the I-4 corridor. The city owns and operates Lakeland Electric, Florida’s third largest utility and was one of the first to bring electricity to the Sunshine State more than 110 years ago.
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