Umatilla Mayor Laura Wright attended a press conference on March 14, 2014, held at the Orange County Regional History Center where Governor Rick Scott and Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Secretary Herschel Vinyard announced eleven wastewater and stormwater projects receiving more than $27 million in loan funding through the Department’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund program in Central Florida.
Governor Scott said, “We’ve made protecting Florida’s natural treasures a top priority, and this $27 million investment will make critical upgrades to water infrastructure so we can help improve water quality for families in our Central Florida. Helping improve Florida’s water quality is another step in the right direction towards making Florida the best state in the nation to live, work and raise a family.”
The City of Umatilla was awarded $800,000 to provide water quality treatment for the Orange Avenue Corridor and contributing areas. Reduction of pollutant loading of Lake Umatilla and subsequent downstream surface water of Lake Eustis will result in improved water quality and reduced stress on the ecosystem associated with these surface waters.
Senator Alan Hays said, “This money will help the residents of Umatilla reduce the potential for flooding and also treat stormwater, which carries nutrients into our water bodies. Governor Scott and DEP continue to show a willingness to address these issues throughout Florida.”
Umatilla Mayor Laura Wright and Governor Rick Scott
Umatilla Mayor Laura Wright and DEP Secretary Herschel Vinyard