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Citrus County Garcia Point Septic to Sewer Conversion

Jones Edmunds provided septic-to-sewer planning, sewer design and modeling, perm...

Citrus County Garcia Point Septic to Sewer Conversion

Jones Edmunds provided septic-to-sewer planning, sewer design and modeling, permitting, funding assistance, and public outreach and education on this project as well as services during construction. From a funding perspective, our team worked with the County to reallocate a 2006 Legislative appropriation originally directed to an area at the head waters of the Homosassa Spring and to procure “Springs” funding that resulted from the 2016 Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act and Cooperative Funding from the SWFWMD. Jones Edmunds worked with the County, FDEP, SWFWMD and the State Legislature to procure project funding. Jones Edmunds also provided the documentation associated with the grant requirements. The Jones Edmunds team also provided public outreach and education specifically targeted toward the residents of the Garcia Point community who would be impacted by the project. Two Open House meetings were held to explain the goals of the project and gain feedback from the residents on the concerns about the project. Ongoing communication support was provided during project construction to keep residents apprised of construction activities to allow them to plan accordingly.

Volusia County DeLeon Springs Wastewater Feasibility Study

Under the 2016 Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act, the Florida Departmen...

Volusia County DeLeon Springs Wastewater Feasibility Study

Under the 2016 Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) is required to adopt septic system remediation plans for OFSs where FDEP has determined that upgrading or eliminating septic systems is necessary to achieve nutrient water-quality objectives. DeLeon Spring is one of 31 Outstanding Florida Springs (OFSs) established in 2016 and one of three established in Volusia County. Jones Edmunds is preparing the Wastewater Treatment Feasibility Analysis Report (FAR), a grant-funded project intended to accelerate development of information essential to implementing an effective septic system remediation plan. Jones Edmunds personnel provided review and input to FDEP on the elements of the funding program. Key elements of the FAR are inventorying septic systems, assessing wastewater capacity and infrastructure, determining infrastructure upgrades, providing public outreach and education, and evaluating cost-effective projects and financing options. As part of the Public Outreach program, Jones Edmunds worked with the County and the DeLeon Springs Community Association, a local community partner, to hold a public meeting to share information about the requirements of the Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act and gain feedback and insights into the concerns of the public. We established education stations for initial discussion with meeting attendees and then walked through a presentation and held a question and answer session. Meeting attendees were asked to complete a survey in order to gather additional feedback on the perspective of area residents and businesses.

Marion County County-Wide Wastewater Feasibility Study

Jones Edmunds is providing professional engineering services to support the deve...

Marion County County-Wide Wastewater Feasibility Study

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.

East Putnam County Regional Water System

Jones Edmunds provided all planning, design, and permitting for a new regional w...

East Putnam County Regional Water System

Jones Edmunds provided all planning, design, and permitting for a new regional water system in east Putnam County. The project included a 1.0-MGD reverse osmosis water treatment plant treatment facility expandable to 4.0 MGD, a 250,000-gallon ground storage tank, a 6.0-MGD high-service pump station, and a 100,000-gallon elevated storage tank. Approximately 27 miles of transmission and distribution piping ranging from 6 inches to 24 inches in diameter, approximately 820 services and 125 fire hydrants were also part of the project. Jones Edmunds worked closely with the County on developing a funding package that included more than $14.7 million dollars in grant funds and $14 million in low interest loans from five different agencies including the USDA Rural Development, state legislature, the SJRWMD through an Alternative Water Supply grant, FDEP SRF, and EPA. There was also extensive communication and public outreach required as Jones Edmunds supported the County with negotiations with the Florida Department of Corrections, held one-on-one meetings with elected officials at the local and state levels, and held public meetings to address concerns of area residents and business owners. This project received the 2010 APWA Project of the Year Award.

Funding Assistance and Public Outreach

Nothing can derail a good project like negative public sentiment and bad publicity. The cost of a project to individual residents is first among the causes of public concern. Having the right funding strategy and public messaging goes a long way to making sure the right things happen. We work with our clients to develop the educational and outreach campaigns that communicate complex technical issues into terms to which the general public can relate.

Jones Edmunds’ funding and public outreach activities underpin many of our most visible projects. Our team stays up to date on funding options and the focus of individual programs and agency missions as well as legislative priorities. We can help you develop funding strategies to mitigate project costs and create relevant and focused messaging delivered through appropriate platforms and channels to connect with your stakeholders and influencers. Both our funding and public outreach activities are active and highly visible from project conception through construction when residents are most inconvenienced by project activities. Jones Edmunds’ funding and public outreach services include the following:

Funding

  • Preparation of Legislative Documents 
  • Legislative Tracking/Lobbying
  • Grant/Loan Procurement Assistance
  • Grant/Loan Administration
  • Funding Workshops

Public Outreach

  • Public Meetings (in person & virtual)
  • Stakeholder Connections
  • Tailored Messaging Materials
  • Media Engagement
  • Education of Elected Officials
  • Communication During Construction
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