The municipality of Cape Coral (Fla.) is known for its large canal network and several fresh and saltwater preserves that surround the area. These waterways are part of the Caloosahatchee Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP), which is a framework for water quality restoration carried out by local and state agencies.
Due to the proximity of residential homes to nearby canal systems, Cape Coral was tasked with removing nitrogen and phosphorus from stormwater runoff in residential areas before it enters groundwater and nearby waterways. Upon receiving a grant for the project, the city had to decide on an application suitable for residential property.
With the help of Environmental Conservation Solutions, Ferguson Waterworks proposed deploying a 1’ layer of Bold & Gold® CTS Filtration Media in residential swales and covering it with native soil and sod. Stormwater would then collect in this application and filter through the media, thereby removing phosphorus and nitrogen in the process before it reached groundwater.
Bold & Gold removes dissolved nutrients and particulates from stormwater, agricultural and wastewater runoff. The filter media is a long-lasting product composed of natural and recycled materials that are non-toxic and environmentally safe, contains no organic materials and does not discharge pollutants back into the environment.
Ferguson Waterworks worked closely with both Environmental Conservation Solutions and Cape Coral’s engineering department to explore the benefits of Bold & Gold treatment. Additionally, the company’s close relationship with the site contractor — Forsberg Construction — aided in selection, ensuring clear communication throughout the project.
“The use of Bold & Gold can help remove excess pollutants to protect the water in our springs, aquifers and estuaries across the state of Florida,” said Brian Carlos, a Ferguson Waterworks stormwater and geosynthetic solutions specialist. WW
Ferguson Waterworks delivers quality products and innovative solutions across the water, sanitary sewer and stormwater management industries. Learn more at www.ferguson.com/waterworks.