5-2: St. Andrew Bay Stormwater Improvement Program – St. Andrew Bay Watch – Water Quality Monitoring
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 3: Spill Impact Component
Monitoring and Observations
Lakes and/or Rivers
The Gulf Consortium, in collaboration with its subrecipient, Bay County, is requesting funds to support a water quality monitoring program for Florida SEP project 5-2 “St. Andrew Bay Stormwater Improvement Program – St. Andrew Bay Watch – Water Quality Monitoring”. Bay County will provide Spill Impact Component funds to the St. Andrew Bay Resource Management Association (St. Andrew Bay Watch) to extend and expand their current sampling regimen in the watershed to include nutrients, fecal coliform bacteria, chlorophyll-a, turbidity, temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, salinity, tide, and precipitation. Future project scope includes 1) design and permitting of centrifugal separation units or baffle boxes at priority outfalls in the St. Andrew Bay watershed, 2) a regional stormwater treatment facility to provide both sediment and nutrient sequestration, 3) implementation of paved roads and grassed swales that trap sediments and prevent the nutrients in those sediments from reaching the Bay, and 4) support small-scale restoration projects like oyster shell recycling, seagrass or marsh restoration, living shoreline stabilization, and others. Annual reports will be provided on water quality trends and their potential impacts to benthic organisms. This program will provide baseline and post-project water quality data to evaluate future project efforts.