Bayou Chico has been on the 303(d) List of Impaired Waters since the list’s inception in 1971, longer than any other body of water in the United States. Other complimentary efforts—already underway—include stream restoration, stormwater treatment, and efforts to benefit nearby living shoreline projects.
The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council has already funded the planning, design, and permitting of the Bayou Chico contaminated sediment removal proposal. Phase II will implement this effort, which includes removing enriched nutrients, metals, and other pollutants from the bayou, thus preventing the re-suspension of the contaminated sediments. Additional long term goals of this project include improved benthic habitat and biological activity, improved circulation, a decrease in turbidity, and improved conditions for establishing seagrasses.
PROJECT COST: $22,696,050
LEAD ORGANIZATION: Escambia County
PARTNERS: Florida Department of Environmental Protection
- Acres Supporting Recreational Fishing & Tourism: 310
- Socially Vulnerable Population Benefited: 9,700
- Critical Facilities in Vicinity: 18