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Storm Water Management

The Streets and Stormwater Divisions are in charge of maintaining roadways, sidewalks, and stormwater conveyance systems.

Michelle Anchors

Let's answer the simple questions.

"Does Okaloosa County want polluted water around us, or clean water? We can determine our destiny, or we can surrender to the power of pollution. We all have contributed to the problem, but we can all help solve it -- by supporting a surtax that will fund storm water facilities that keep the dirty water from contaminating the clean water. You’re either in or you’re out. I’m all in."

– MICHELLE ANCHORS
ATTORNEY, COMMUNITY ADVOCATE, BORN/RAISED OKALOOSA COUNTY

 

As can be seen by what is happening in south FL, poor water quality and flooding can have a devastating impact on both the economic and public health of our communities. Fortunately for us, we are not dealing with the life-changing events that south FL communities are enduring, but we are facing the same problems that have led to those severe events. One of the key problems is stormwater. Because a significant portion of Okaloosa County was developed prior to stormwater rules being put in place, there is a lot of stormwater that enters local surface waters untreated and many areas flood during even moderate rainstorms. Without dedicated funding, the county’s ability to address these stormwater problems is limited. The ½ cent sales tax will help the county address these problems by providing matching funds for grants and have a source of funding to implement priority stormwater projects.
 
 
Darryl Boudreau
Watershed Coordinator,
The Nature Conservancy Florida
 

  • Stormwater structures are a 2 for the price of 1 proposition. They control flooding in our streets and yards and clean pollutants from the flood waters at the same time.
 
  • Every year on numerous occasions, the Okaloosa County Health Department must post health advisories at multiple beach and waterfront locations indicating that bacteria are present in unsafe numbers. The presence of bacteria is an indication that human and non-human pollutants may be present in the stormwater runoff. Stormwater treatment structures can help reduce this condition while reducing the health risk to our citizens and visitors.
 
  • When it rains, sediment from unpaved roads and other areas washes into Choctawhatchee Bay creating conditions that can destroy sea grass beds and the critical habitat they provide for our recreational and commercial fisheries.  Choctawhatchee Bay contributes 36,030 jobs and $2.3 billion in personal income to the region.  Stormwater treatment structures can reduce the amount of sediment entering Choctawhatchee Bay thereby protecting this environmental and economic treasure.

Jim Trifilio
Coastal Management Coordinator

 

Our water quality is essential to the welfare of our communities.

We need to ensure that water we use is safe and meets the highest standards of quality. In an area that is surrounded by water, it's our duty to commit to storm water management to prevent flooding in several areas in our community.

Here are a few areas that are currently being considered in a long list of others.

  • Commons Drive in Destin and along Mooney Road in Fort Walton Beach where improvement to or replacement of storm water culverts is needed avoid erosion by better managing the water flow.
  • Okaloosa Island where a need to design and construct a storm water collection and treatment system is vital to prevent road erosion and the same system at Union Avenue in Niceville to assure Rocky Bayou water quality remains stable.
  • Areas in FWB such as Standish Court and South Avenue and on 6th Avenue is Shalimar where pipes have failed and are in need of replacement to mitigate flooding.


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