Current Water Projects
Nutrient Reduction Facility (NuRF)
The Nutrient Reduction Facility (NuRF) is a $7.272 million cooperative water quality improvement effort by the LCWA, the St. Johns River Water Management District and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The project uses off-line alum injection to remove pollutants flowing out of Lake Apopka into the rest of the Harris Chain of Lakes. Lake Apopka was historically one of the most polluted lakes in Florida, but restoration efforts are underway and there have been some signs of improvement. Still, discharge from the lake is the single largest source of controllable pollution in Lake County.
The NuRF project has been under development since 2002 and many technical and permit-oriented documents exist. Links to general information are provided below. Preliminary facility operation began March 2, 2009. Updates will be added to this website as they come available. Please contact the LCWA for more specific information.
Removal of Navigational Obstructions in Connections Between Public Waterbodies
In cooperation with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, the Lake County Water Authority identifies and removes certain navigational hazards in navigable connections between publicly accessible water bodies.
Lake Condition Index Analysis
The Lake Condition Index is a useful tool for measuring the health of a lake. Scientists take a sample of the lake bottom (see photo) and determine the type and number of benthic invertebrates (bottom-dwelling animals with no backbone) present. Some benthic invertebrates are only found in very clean water while others are predominantly found in more polluted water. The LCWA uses this tool to determine the effectiveness of its restoration projects and to monitor certain lakes for signs of environmental deterioration.
Weekly Water Quality Sampling
As part of the LCWA’s commitment to improving the water resources of Lake County, staff conducts weekly water quality sampling at various locations between Lake Apopka and Lake Beauclair. This information will allow the LCWA to determine the effectiveness of its Nutrient Reduction Facility (NuRF).
Other Water Projects in progress:
Howey, Sediment Box Project
Eustis, North Shore Dr Stormwater Project
Groveland, Lake David Stormwater Project
Eustis, Clifford Ave. / Bay St. Stormwater Project
Leesburg, Canal St. Stormwater Project
Countywide Rainfall and River Stage Monitoring
Artesian Well Plugging
Palatlakaha River Restoration
Leesburg, Lee St. Stormwater Project
Mt. Dora, Lake John Stormwater Project
Tavares, Stormwater Master Plan
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