Carpenter Creek will receive water quality improvements as part of the NRDA Florida Trustee Implementation Group’s Final Restoration Plan 1 approved Tuesday, March 19.
The group, charged with selecting projects to restore natural resources affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, selected a total of 23 projects. The Carpenter Creek project area, located in Escambia County’s jurisdiction, will benefit the highly urbanized Carpenter Creek and Bayou Texar watershed. The project will restore the county-owned former wetland and construct a stormwater treatment facility to capture and treat stormwater that flows off Olive Road.
Carpenter Creek’s headwaters begin at East Olive Road and run through City of Pensacola before merging into Bayou Texar, which flows into Pensacola Bay.
“Improving water quality to Carpenter Creek protects habitats and opens up the possibility for more recreational use,” Mayor Grover Robinson said. “This project was important to me as a commissioner and it’s important to me now as Mayor. I know this is something Councilwoman Myers has waited and passionately advocated for and I’m excited to see it come to fruition.”
Carpenter Creek runs through District 2 of the City, which is represented by Councilwoman Sherri Myers. Councilwoman Myers routinely hosts cleanup efforts at Carpenter Creek.
“This is a great day for Carpenter Creek and the many people who have worked so hard to save the creek,” Councilwoman Myers said. “I think the work of Mayor Grover Robinson when he was a county commissioner has played a huge role in making these funds available for the restoration of Carpenter Creek. I am excited about all of the projects that will be funded thanks to the hard work and dedication of county staff and Escambia Board of County Commissioners.”
The $2.1 million project will pay for land acquisition, planning, design, construction of the stormwater improvements and wetland/floodplain restoration, post-construction storm event monitoring, wetlands/floodplain aquatic vegetation monitoring and recreational improvements. It is expected to take three years to complete. Improvements will reduce pollutant loads and hydrologic degradation, which will also benefit estuarine-dependent water column resources, oysters, and submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) in Bayou Texar and Pensacola Bay.
The project will be implemented by FDEP FL TIG Trustee in coordination with Escambia County. City of Pensacola is a project partner along with Pensacola and Perdido Bays Estuary Program.
Learn more about the project by visiting www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov