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Friday, May 23, 2008

Beach water treatment plant ahead of schedule

Published 05/21/08
The city's treated wastewater will be the first in the region to meet higher nitrogen standards that will help protect the St. Johns River, the city public works director said.

Every municipal and private wastewater treatment plant operator in a 100-mile section of the river basin from Palatka to the Atlantic Ocean at Mayport is required to upgrade its system to lower the amount of nitrogen released into the river.

The St. Johns River is considered a polluted waterway, primarily from excessive nitrogen discharged from treatment plants. Too much nitrogen can cause algae blooms that draw oxygen from the water and create a shift in the type and diversity of plant and animal life.

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