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Ichetucknee Springshed Water Quality Improvement Project
Ichetucknee Headspring
Ichetucknee Headspring

The Ichetucknee Springshed Water Quality Improvement Project is a partnership between the District, City of Lake City, and Columbia County. The City's sprayfield is located on the Ichetucknee Trace, and water recharging the aquifer in this area has been shown to reach the springs in a matter of days.

Also, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has developed a Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) to restore water quality in the Santa Fe River Basin.

Project Benefits
  • Convert Lake City’s wastewater effluent disposal system into constructed treatment wetlands, reducing the system’s Total Nitrogen loading to the Ichetucknee springshed by up to an estimated 85 percent.
  • Improve water quality by reducing overall Total Nitrogen loading to the Ichetucknee River by up to an estimated 20 percent.
  • Provide up to an estimated 1.58 million gallons of beneficial recharge to the Upper Floridan aquifer each day.

The project will be funded by $3.9 million from the DEP; $805,715 from the District; $200,000 from the City of Lake City; and $100,000 from Columbia County.

  • Agreement Signed: 1/14/14
  • Data Collection and Evaluation Phase: 2/6/14 – 7/10/14
  • Engineering, Permitting, and Design Phase: 4/9/14 – 11/15/15
  • Public Meeting to Discuss the Conceptual Design, Columbia County School Board Auditorium, 7/10/14 at 5:30 p.m. View presentation from meeting (PDF, 1.88MB).
  • Construction Phase: 11/15/15 – 12/30/16

For more information, please contact Jamie Bell, District project manager, at 386.362.1001, 1.800.226.1066 (FL only), or .

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