Jones Edmunds is providing professional engineering services to support the development of a Master Wastewater Feasibility Study associated with the Rainbow and Silver Springsheds BMAP. The study outlines planning-level strategies for addressing the impact of OSTDS and reducing the associated nutrient load over the next 20 years as defined in the Silver Springs and Upper Silver River and Rainbow Spring Group and Rainbow River BMAP. Service areas outside these BMAPs are being assessed as a part of the study based on a predetermined lot size density and as directed by Marion County Utilities (MCU). The work has included stakeholder meetings with other utility providers, special interest group meetings and five socially-distanced public meetings and an online meeting. The online presence includes a dedicated webpage on the Marion County website which provides a scripted video explaining the requirements of the Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act, the study process and the need for feedback from the public. Surveys requesting citizen feedback were available at all meetings and online.
This project was 100% funded through a FDEP initiative developed in 2018. Jones Edmunds personnel provided review and input to FDEP on the elements of the funding program.