The St. Augustine Record

City to consider building a wall to defend wastewater plant against hurricanes

St. Augustine is trying to decide what to do to defend its wastewater treatment plant against flooding.

The plant sits along the Matanzas River at one end of Riberia Street in Lincolnville.

The facility processes about 3.5 million gallons of wastewater on an average day, sending out treated water into the river, said Steve Curmode, city wastewater treatment plant supervisor.

The wastewater treatment plant is vulnerable to flooding and sea level rise, according to the city and a report from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Community Resiliency Initiative. The report urged the city to start hashing out a plan for the wastewater treatment plant because of the expense and because of the plant’s “indispensable role in the city.”

In 2018, the city agreed to pay more than $44,000 for a “climate resilience planning analysis” of the wastewater treatment plant. The analysis, conducted by North Carolina-based engineering firm McKim & Creed, includes cost estimates of defending and moving the plant.

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