Thursday, Aug 22, 2019

St. Lucie County project will clean water from worst St. Lucie River polluter

An egret forages around Platt’s Creek Mitigation Bank
An egret forages around Platt’s Creek Mitigation Bank at 3907 Sunrise Blvd., just south of Fort Pierce in St. Lucie County on July 22. The area, which should be restored by the end of August, is already attracting a variety of shore and wading birds. Once hiking trails, educational signs, wildlife blinds, a canoe launch and picnic tables have been added, environmental staff will apply to have the site added to the Great Florida Birding Trail. To see more photos, go to (Photo credit: MOLLY BARTELS/TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS)

By: James Hall
Treasure Coast Newspapers

St. Lucie County – A $2.5 million restoration of Platt’s Creek – the most polluted of about 20 tributaries that dump into the St. Lucie River – is expected to improve water quality, restore wildlife habitat and perhaps be a Great Florida Birding Trail site.

The 63-acre Sunrise Boulevard project was designed to keep about 1,600 pounds of nitrogen and 1,200 pounds of phosphorus out of the river’s north fork annually by treating runoff from a 1,000-acre basin in White City.

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