The City of Port St. Lucie is proud to be a hometown where people live, learn, work and play, and celebrate all of life’s opportunities. With over 189,300 residents, Port St. Lucie is Florida’s eighth largest city by population (South Florida’s 3rd largest city). The City occupies an area of 120 square miles in St. Lucie County on Florida’s east coast, about 50 miles north of West Palm Beach, half way between Miami and Orlando. The City provides most traditional municipal services.
The City of Port St. Lucie and FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute are working together to continue a large-scale study to help find local solutions to aid the health of the St. Lucie River.
“We are very excited to begin Phase II of our research with the City of Port St. Lucie, which will look closer at sources of nutrients and bacteria pollution affecting the North Fork of the St. Lucie Estuary,” said Brian Lapointe, Ph.D., FAU Harbor Branch research professor.
During its summer retreat, the City Council stressed they want to use the results from this second phase of the study to create local solutions.
“We need good science to objectively measure the health of our River, to direct our limited resources to where we can do the greatest good and to measure our progress in a continuous loop. Our ongoing partnership with a leading scientist, like Dr. LaPointe, and a preeminent marine science institution, like FAU Harbor Branch, helps us meet these needs and more,” said Port St. Lucie Mayor Gregory J. Oravec. “We should expect Phase II to bring about projects that measurably improve water quality along our stretch of the North Fork and build on our other River-related initiatives, like our septic to sewer conversion program, the Eastern Watershed Improvement Project (EWIP) and the McCarty Ranch Water Storage Project.”
Read much more about this important study below and be sure to watch WPTV and WPBF 25 News today for their updates on this project.