When tropical storms strike the City of Port Orange, the improved Cambridge Canal Basin is now better prepared to handle the resulting rainfall. Our team recommended establishing two additional outlets from the basin and construction of two large wet detention ponds and a stormwater pump station at the 700-acre basin. The improvements offer flood protection and treatment of water before it runs into Rose Bay, an Outstanding Florida Waterway.
With our support, as the owner’s agent, the city was able to access funding for this project. The city obtained grant funds through Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the St. Johns River Water Management District and Florida Department of Environmental Protection to partly fund the construction. The remainder of the project was funded with Florida State Revolving Fund Loans program.
The project is part of the Regional Aquifer Management Program. The canal and pond system retains normal rainfall runoff for diversion into the city’s reclaimed water system. It includes 175 acres of storage and recharge capacity for excess reclaimed water and stormwater. Annually, the stormwater augmentation system contributes more than 1 mgd to the water budget.