The St. Lucie River/C-23 Water Quality Project, located south of the McCarty Ranch Preserve, is not open to the public, but new educational kiosks will bring you a bit closer to the action. You can find two new kiosks next to the restrooms/showers and near the lake at McCarty Ranch Preserve. They provide an overview of the project, plus outline its priorities and benefits. You will learn about the endangered species on the property, as well as how you can help make a positive impact on water quality. A free brochure is also available.
The construction of this project is based on the grant funding received. In order to comply with the guidelines of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) 319(h) grants received, an education program must be implemented. The kiosks are the first phase of the education program, which will ultimately expand to an interactive display and observation deck, also located at McCarty Ranch Preserve.
This project will take approximately 1,871 acres of fallow citrus grove at McCarty Ranch Extension and a 315-acre water impoundment, located at McCarty Ranch Preserve, and convert them into a shallow water storage facility consisting of seven reservoirs capable of receiving water diverted from the C-23 Canal. It also will capture an annual average of 53 inches of rain fall on the property reducing the need to discharge.
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