The City of Port St. Lucie purchased the McCarty Ranch Preserve in 2012 to ensure the growing population’s future drinking water needs were met. Utility Systems saw an opportunity to also purchase the McCarty Ranch Extension a few years later, which allowed for additional water storage capacity. Ultimately, these two locations will provide the source water for a future surficial water treatment facility.
In the meantime, the St. Lucie River/C-23 Water Quality Project is able to hold and store 21% of freshwater that would have otherwise made its way into the North Fork of the St. Lucie River. This project recharges the water table and removes phosphorus and nitrogen, the nutrients that contribute to algal blooms.
Learn more about the benefits of this project on Friday, January 19 at 12 p.m. at the Port St. Lucie Community Center at Utility Systems' free Lunch & Learn. RSVP by January 16 to Jenny Tomes at email@example.com or 772-618-3142.
For more information, contact:
Jenny Tomes, APR
Assistant Manager - USD Community Outreach