Public Meeting Set to Discuss Improvements to Roosevelt Stormwater Plant
The Roosevelt Creek Watershed is 11 square miles of intensely developed urban land and contains portions of the cities of Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg. Pinellas County is planning construction at the plant and along the creek.
PINELLAS PARK-ST. PETERSBURG – Pinellas County will hold a neighborhood information meeting regarding planned improvements at the Roosevelt Stormwater Facility near 43rd Street North and Lake Boulevard in Pinellas Park.
The meeting is set from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 8 at St. Petersburg College EpiCenter, Rooms 1-451, 453 and 455, 13805 58th St. N, Clearwater.
County staff and consultant representatives will share information and answer questions about the project, which aims to improve water quality by reducing pollutants in the stormwater runoff that flows into Roosevelt Creek and eventually Tampa Bay. Residents can review engineering plans at pinellascounty.org and provide feedback at the meeting.
In a related project, the county is in the design phase of planned improvements to Roosevelt Creek Channel 5. The existing salinity weir (concrete wall) will be removed to create a more natural connection to Tampa Bay and promote the passage of aquatic organisms and improve flood flows. This project will also include the removal of accumulated sediment in Channel 5 from Executive Drive north to the weir, stabilization of the banks where necessary and habitat restoration adjacent to the weir.
The Roosevelt Creek Watershed, located in central Pinellas County, is 11 square miles of intensely developed urban land and contains portions of the cities of Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg. The watershed abuts an estuary marsh and discharges into the Gulf of Mexico via Old Tampa Bay through three major channels that total 9.5 miles in length and are made up of storm sewers and ditches.
The design phase of the project is nearing 60 percnet completion. The project is programmed in the Pinellas County Capital Improvement Program and is currently funded for construction beginning in Summer 2019. These improvements are being paid for by the Penny for Pinellas program with partial funding through a Cooperative Funding Initiative (CFI) Grant Agreement administered by the Southwest Florida Water Management District.
Residents who cannot attend the meeting and have comments or questions are invited to contact the project team at 727-464-8900 or SWProjects@Pinellascounty.org.
Photo of Roosevelt Creek Watershed and location map courtesy of Pinellas County.
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