SWIG and North Florida Land Trust are working together to improve water quality issues in Florida
The group and nonprofit have partnered to bring state-of-the-art water treatment technology to locations throughout the State
By: North Florida Land Trust
"The process developed by SWIG has the potential to be a real solution to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus and other pollutants that have made their way into our creeks, lakes, rivers and oceans," said Jim McCarthy, president of NFLT. "We are working closely with SWIG to identify areas where this technology can really make a difference for our environment and, in turn, for our economy."
SWIG uses an engineered natural treatment to remove phosphorus, nitrogen and other pollutants on a smaller footprint than other technologies and without the use of chemicals. Using no chemicals makes this an environmentally safe alternative for the removal of nutrient pollution from local waterways. The system can remove nutrient pollutants at higher rates than other treatment technologies.
"Our system can help remediate areas like Lake Okeechobee, the Kissimmee River and the Indian River Lagoon where nutrient pollution is rampant," said Dr. Bill Lucas, SWIG member. "Removal of both phosphorus and nitrogen from these watersheds is essential to combat the detrimental algal blooms. The technology to reduce both nitrogen and phosphorus is available and can be scaled and tailored to fit wherever treatment is needed."
Currently, SWIG is engaged in a project in Clay County with the St. Johns River Water Management District to remove phosphorus from wastewater discharged into Doctors Lake. The results show over a 90 percent removal of phosphorus, while also removing nitrogen in the effluent.
SWIG has also developed a complementary system, called the Organic Nitrogen Elimination (ONE), that removes nitrogen at higher rates than most conventional ways through a non-toxic and passive process. Both systems could help governments fulfill the federal requirements to remove nitrogen and phosphorus from their waterways.
About North Florida Land Trust
North Florida Land Trust is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to protect the natural resources, historic places and working lands (farms and ranches) throughout north Florida. Founded in 1999, NFLT has preserved tens of thousands of acres of land through donation or purchase of land as well as conservation easements. NFLT is funded largely by private and corporate contributions and works closely with willing landowners and public agencies at all levels of government, not-for-profit partners, and foundations. For more information, visit nflt.org (http://www.nflt.org/