In 2014, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) adopted a final Orange Creek Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP), which identified septic system improvements as a high-priority for reducing nitrogen loading to Lake Wauberg. In 2016, the FDEP Bureau of Design and Construction retained G&A to provide design and permitting services for improvements to onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems (OSTDS), also called septic systems, at three locations within the park. G&A designed improvements to existing OSTDS facilities at each site, including the following:
- Combining individual sewage effluent flows from two bathroom buildings and an RV dump station at the Puc Puggy Campground facility, and treating the combined sewage flow in a modern septic tank that replaces three older, outdated tanks.
- Replacing an outdated pressure-dosing system and a failed pressurized drainfield system at the campground with a new system.
- Assisted FDEP with planning for natural nitrogen attenuation testing at the campground drainfield site, and possible future enhancements to improve denitrification in-situ through the use of a reactive filter wall.
- Replacing an outdated septic tank and gravity drainfield system at the Lake Wauberg Day Use Area with a modern septic tank, dosing tank and pressurized drainfield.
- Replacing an outdated septic tank and gravity drainfield system at the Assistant Park Manager’s residence with a modern septic tank, dosing tank and pressurized drainfield, and reconfiguring the system to protect against vehicular damage.
These improvements provide for improved environmental protection within the park, and supported FDEP’s leadership in environmental stewardship through support of the adopted BMAP.