Lower Kissimmee Basin Stormwater Treatment Area (LKBSTA)

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About The Project

The Lower Kissimmee Basin Stormwater Treatment Area (LKBSTA) is a proposed stormwater treatment project planned for a more than 3,000-acre property along C-38 Canal in Okeechobee County. The project is designed to remove phosphorus from the watershed north of Lake Okeechobee, before it reaches the lake.

Lake Okeechobee is the largest freshwater lake in the U.S. and is critically important to the economy and communities in Florida.

The LKBSTA is one of several water restoration projects identified in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP) Lake Okeechobee Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) that serve to treat high phosphorus levels in the lake.

Lower Kissimmeesta Scenery

Project Details

The project will utilize pumps to intercept phosphorus-heavy water from two canals (L-62 and C-38) that flow into Lake Okeechobee, moving the water through treatment cells to remove phosphorus. These treatment cells are manmade wetlands that will absorb phosphorus and other nutrients from water. The treated water will flow from the treatment cells back into C-38 canal and eventually into Lake Okeechobee.

LKBSTA project map-imageBelow you will find information relative to this project along with the County's Opposition to same:

1. Introduction

2. County Opposition LKBSTA

3. County Letters & Info LKBSTA

4. Opposition Letters-Various Agencies

5. County Development Requirements

6. Wildlife Hazard Studies - County & SFWMD

7. Wildlife Hazard Concerns Additional Info

8. Scott Hunt -Citizen-Concerns and Info

9. STA-Reservoir Leaking Concerns Article