Breaking down St. Pete’s $28+ million in stormwater funding

The projects will help fortify the city for climate change and future storms.

Lake Maggiore

An aerial shot of Lake Maggiore in Boyd Hill Nature Preserve.

Photo via the City of St. Petersburg

As we head out of this rainy El Niño winter and toward hurricane season, St. Pete residents have got one thing on the brain: Flooding. The Burg has received $28+ million in grants for hardening the city’s low-lying neighborhoods against climate change.

Here’s a breakdown of where the money’s going:

  • Last week, St. Petersburg City Council approved a $7.8 million grant toward a new stormwater pump system for the Shore Acres neighborhood. The project should reduce flooding in the waterfront neighborhood, which was badly affected by Hurricane Idalia.
  • Last year, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection awarded the city ~$11.6 million to help flooding at Lake Maggiore in the Salt Creek basin and ~$8.9 million to rebuild maintenance buildings at the Southwest + Northeast Water Reclamation facilities.

The city is set to release its updated stormwater master plan later this year. Sign up for the City of St. Pete’s Sustainability newsletter for more related updates.

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