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DRMP WINS APWA CENTRAL FLORIDA BRANCH’S ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR

Orlando, Fla. –The Heritage Estates Stormwater Park project for the City of Leesburg won the American Public Works Association (APWA) Central Florida Branch’s Environmental Project of the Year.

DRMP provided design, permitting, grant writing and administration, and construction management support for the project. DRMP’s stormwater retrofit design, a series of shallow, wide and grassed swales, helped reduce the number of pollutants that were being discharged from the City’s downtown drainage system. The existing drainage system consisted of multiple storm sewer systems that discharged into an abandoned railroad right-of-way that flowed into Lake Harris and ultimately the Ocklawaha River. The abandoned railroad was used creatively to serve the dual purpose of providing stormwater treatment for the City’s residential and industrial area and improved walkability and recreational areas in a park setting.

The project produced an upgraded system that reduced pollutants, with the additional benefit of establishing a recreational park for residents and visitors. DRMP strategically secured grants with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the St. Johns River Water Management District and the Lake County Water Authority to fund 80 percent of construction costs.

 
 
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