Carrabelle septic-to-sewer project funded by Deepwater Horizon settlement

(UI) — The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Northwest Florida Water Management District (NWFWMD) have launched the Carrabelle Septic to Sewer Project, funded by $3.2 million from the Deepwater Horizon settlement.

The project, part of the "Restoration Plan 1" approved in 2019, aims to improve water quality in areas affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. By transitioning from septic tanks to a centralized sewer system, the project will reduce pollutant discharge, enhancing the health of estuarine habitats. This improvement also aims to decrease beach closures, shellfish harvesting restrictions, and health risks from pathogens. The city’s upgraded wastewater treatment plant will significantly reduce nitrogen loading to St. George Sound and Apalachicola Bay compared to the old septic systems.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to mark the completion of Phase II of the project, which was overseen by NWFWMD and executed in partnership with the City of Carrabelle.

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