16-1: Lake Seminole Sediment Removal
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 3: Spill Impact Component
Water Quality Restoration and Maintenance
Lakes and/or Rivers
Lake Seminole is an impounded coastal lake, located in west central Pinellas County, Florida. The lake has experienced decades of water quality decline and has been the subject of large-scale restoration for nearly ten years. The Lake Seminole Sediment Removal project involves the dredging of approximately 900,000 cubic yards of nutrient-enriched organic sediments (about 113,000 funded from Spill Impact Component) from an impounded coastal lake to: (1) improve water quality and ecological conditions in the lake; and (2) reduce downstream nutrient loads to Boca Ciega Bay, a segment of the Tampa Bay estuarine system. The project broke ground on November 19, 2018 and is estimated to be completed in March 2023. The actual dredging of the lake will commence in July or August 2019. The project is a joint effort between Pinellas County, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the entire project cost is estimated to be $18,860,000. This dredging and monitoring portion of the project associated with this application totals $1,237,121.