District Facilities


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Operational and Administration Facilities

Acme’s headquarters is located at the Wellington municipal complex at the intersection of Forest Hill Boulevard and Wellington Trace, adjacent to the Community Center property (Exhibit 3C).  The municipal complex is a 54,000-square-foot, Florida Vernacular style, 2-story structure built to LEED standards for environmental quality and energy efficiency. The complex was built with no tax increase or borrowing, as Wellington used impact fees, excess revenues and building permit fees accumulated during the construction boom. All management and administrative staff are centrally located in the same building.
Maintenance, storage and law enforcement are housed at a 12-acre parcel in the Saddle Trail Park area of Wellington, south of Greenbriar Boulevard. Within this area, facilities include housing for law enforcement, Public Works division administrative offices, warehouse, storage, and maintenance facilities.

 

Surface Water Management

The Acme surface water management facilities (a/k/a storm water or drainage facilities) include over 2,000 catch basins or inlets (Exhibit 3D), approximately 187,000 linear feet of collection and conveyance pipe (Exhibit 3E), 91 miles of conveyance/treatment canals (Exhibit 3F), 270 acres of detention lake area, seven (7) flow control structures, and nine (9) storm water pump stations. More detailed information is provided in SECTION 4 of this WCP. Currently, there are $18 million invested in storm water pump stations, equipment and control structures throughout the District.

The Acme surface water management system provides three critical functions:

  • flood protection (discharging excess storm water runoff),
  • water quality treatment (before discharge to Waters of the State), and
  • source water (for golf course and agriculture irrigation, and to recharge wellfields).

In accordance with Wellington’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) discharge permit, the entire surface water management system is inspected at least once every five years and is cleaned and/or maintained as need. Most components of the system are inspected with greater frequency.
In addition to the NPDES MS4 permit, the surface water management system is permitted by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to discharge to the SFWMD C-51 West Canal. The initial SFWMD Permit 50-00548-S was issued in 1978 and has been modified numerousf times over the succeeding decades.

The current configuration of the surface water management system, generally, consists of two primary drainage basins, A and B (Exhibit 3G). Basin A is approximately 16 square miles, located south of Southern Boulevard and north of Pierson Road, while Basin B is approximately 13.6 square miles, located south of Pierson Road and north of 60th Street. Surface water levels in Basin A are controlled at 11.0 feet NGVD (wet season) and 12.0 feet NGVD (dry season). Basin A discharges north into the SFWMD C-51 West Canal through a series of storm water pump stations near Southern Boulevard. Surface water levels in Basin B are controlled at 12.0 feet NGVD (wet season) and 13.0 feet NGVD (dry season). Basin B discharges north into Basin A through the series of control structures along Pierson Road. For reference, the dry season is defined as November through April and the wet season as May through October.

The canals and lakes within the Acme surface water management system provide water quality treatment to the storm water runoff from the drainage basins, so that upon discharge to the SFWMD C-51 Canal West, water quality discharge standards are being met. Wellington participates in a rigorous program of compliance for its NDPES MS4 discharge permit, which continuously seeks to improve the quality of the water both before it even enters the surface water management system, and additionally before it is discharged from the MS4. Additional information on environmental and water quality programs is provided in SECTION 5 of this WCP.

In order to maintain water levels within its surface water management system during dry periods, Acme holds SFWMD Permit No. 50-00548-W, which allows water to be withdrawn from the C-51 West Canal, and, under specific conditions, from the Arthur R. Marshall National Wildlife Refuge to the southwest of Acme. An allocation of 413 million gallons year is specified by the permit. Maintaining water levels in the system allows its use for irrigation water by golf courses and agricultural lands, and it assists in the recharge of wellfields which lie beneath Districts lands.

 

Utilities

Acme owns and operates Wellington’s Water and Wastewater Utility, providing services to a majority of Wellington’s residents, as well as residents living in areas contiguous to the Wellington municipal limits. The Utility was created in 1970 as part of the Wellington Planned Urban Development (PUD) and became part of the Acme at that time. When the Village of Wellington was incorporated, an inter-local agreement between Acme and Wellington established that Wellington would be the provider of water and wastewater service for the lands within the District. Customer rates and finances are governed by the Village Council. Operation and maintenance of the systems are regulated by the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation.

The water treatment facilities have undergone four separate expansions over the years. The wastewater treatment facilities were constructed in 1988, replacing the original system. All of the original water distribution/transmission piping, wastewater collection/force main piping and pumping facilities remain in service. Overall the infrastructure is in good condition and maintained in accordance with State regulations. All critical facilities are designed to hurricane standards and are equipped with emergency power.

Utilities administrative, engineering and field service functions are housed at the water treatment facility. The utility department employs 47 full time employees. The water treatment plant is staffed by licensed operators 24 hours per day while the wastewater treatment facility is staffed by licensed operators 16 hours per day, as required by its FDEP permit. Field service personnel are also licensed.

 

Roadways

Acme’s roadway facilities include paved and unpaved roads, trails, and pathways. Infrastructure within the road rights-of-way may include swales, bike lanes, pedestrian sidewalks, multi-use paths/trails, lighting, and signage. There are 320 paved lane miles and 54 unpaved lane miles that are the ownership and maintenance responsibility of Acme, with a total of $80 million invested. See Exhibit 3H.

Maintenance includes a five-year schedule for repaving, a five-year unpaved/shell rock roadway maintenance program, repairing and reconstructing swales, general recurring maintenance, street lighting, traffic engineering, street sign maintenance, tree trimming, sidewalk repairs, brush removal, and participation in an Urban Forestry Program.
There are also roadways within Acme that are owned and maintained by Palm Beach County, Florida Department of Transportation, or private owners/homeowner associations.

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Pursuant to Florida State Legislature, Acme may collect non-ad valorem assessments for roadways within the District, street lighting and general operating costs. These District transportation elements are considered within the total operations and maintenance and/or capital improvement project costs.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Pathways

The bicycle and pedestrian pathways within Acme/Wellington are administered within the roadway maintenance improvement funds. Wellington has adopted a Bicycle & Pedestrian Circulation Plan which incorporates a comprehensive network of bike and pedestrian pathways. These pathways are in existence or are proposed in the form of bike lanes and sidewalks within the roadways sections throughout Wellington. Common asphalt pathways provide safe movement of pedestrians and bikes are located within wide collector street right-of-ways, such as Big Blue Trace, Forest Hill Boulevard, and Wellington Trace roadways. These local facilities and infrastructure are within the right-of-way of the roadways and as such are considered an integral element of the transportation system within Acme/Wellington. The resident pedestrian and bikeway O&M and CIP costs are included in the roadway Operations & Maintenance (O&M) and Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding. Sidewalks are maintained by the road maintenance division with a specific major maintenance materials allocation of $75,000 – $100,000 per year.

 

Parks and Recreational Facilities

The District has broad authority to provide, improve and maintain parks and recreational facilities. Pursuant to an interpretation of Acme’s special act authority, Wellington may provide for parks and recreational facilities by invoking Acme’s special act authority. Alternatively, Wellington may also provide parks and recreational facilities pursuant to Wellington’s own home rule powers as conferred by Article VIII, section 2, Florida Constitution, and implemented in Chapter 166, Florida Statutes.

Wellington continues to expand recreational opportunities for its residents, which to date has resulted in a total of 32 park sites (Exhibit 3I). A total of $63 million is invested in parks and recreation equipment, facilities and land improvements.
Recreational elements are identified as either neighborhood or community facilities. Neighborhood facilities are generally less than 10 acres in size and provide amenities intended to serve the localized needs of surrounding neighborhood. Typical amenities in neighborhood parks may include a play structure, picnic shelter, or basketball court. Community parks are typically in the 10- to 150-acre size, and are intended to provide a variety of recreational opportunities for the entire Wellington community. Examples of community facilities are Wellington Village Park, Olympia Park, and Wellington Green Park.

 

SECTION 4 DETAILED INFORMATION OF DISTRICT FACILITIES AND CAPACITIES

 

District Facilities

Surface Water Management

Detail on the District’s surface water management facilities is provided on the Acme Surface Water Management Facilities Map and Table (Exhibits 4A and 4B). Some detail about the District’s control facilities (pump stations and control structures) is provided in this table:

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Additional narrative information about selected District facilities is provided below.

Storm water Pump Stations 1 and 2

Storm water Pump Stations 1 and 2 were originally designed for the discharge of storm water from Acme Basin B directly into the Arthur R Marshall/Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge (the Refuge). The Refuge is part of the historical Florida Everglades system. In 1994, the Everglades Forever Act included a mandate that by the year 2006, all water discharging to the Everglades had to meet certain water quality standards. This meant storm water discharge from Basin B either needed to be sufficiently treated prior to discharge into the Refuge, or it needed to be redirected elsewhere.

SFWMD had undertaken an effort to design and construct large storm water treatment areas (STAs) to act as filters to reduce the nutrient loads from urban and agricultural storm water discharging into the Everglades. STA 1-East (STA 1E), located adjacent to the western boundary of Acme, accepts and treats storm water runoff from the SFWMD C-51 West Basin. Consequently, storm water discharged from Acme’s Basin A is routed through STA 1E.

To address the Acme Basin B discharge problem, the Basin B Project, which re-routed Basin B discharge into Basin A, was designed and completed. Pump Station 1 was subsequently dismantled. Pump Station 2 was rehabilitated for use as an inflow pump (for maintaining water levels during dry periods) and as an emergency discharge pump during emergency weather or flooding conditions.

Storm water Pump Station 2 includes one 50,000 gpm and one 60,000 gpm axial flow, vertical lift, pumps; one 60,000 gpm two-way box pump located in the center of the building (for discharge or withdrawals); three diesel engines with belt drive units; and two steel gates. For storm water discharge, the east gate would be raised and the west gate would be lowered. The opposite gate configuration allows water to be pumped back from the Refuge into Acme’s canals. Currently, when Basin B water levels fall below 13.0 feet NGVD, the withdrawal pump may be activated.

Pump Station 2 also includes a reinforced masonry building with a wood truss roof system and a concrete substructure. The concrete substructure is protected by structural steel sheeting headwalls on both the the forebay and discharge bay sides of the building.

The station is permitted under the SFWMD Surface Water Management Permit and a SFWMD right-of-way permit (No. 50-00548-R), which authorizes drainage connections through SFWMD’s L-40 Levee.

Storm water Pump Stations 3 and 4

Storm water Pump Stations 3 and 4 were the original discharge and withdrawal stations for Acme Basin A. They, along with additional pump stations described below, now serve both Acme Basins A and B.

Pump Stations 3 and 4 discharge storm water directly to the C-51 West Canal. The function of the pump stations is to provide storm water protection. The pump schedule, as permitted by SFWMD, is to maintain a water level 11.0 feet NGVD in the Basin A canals and lakes during the wet season and 12.0 feet NGVD during the dry season. Both pump stations were constructed utilizing reinforced masonry walls with a precast 03 double roof system. The forebays and discharge bays on both pump stations include structural steel headwalls.

When water levels fall below 11.0 feet NGVD in Basin A, Acme may activate Pump Stations 3 and/or 4 intake pumps to withdraw water from the C-51 West Canal.

The stations are permitted under the SFWMD Surface Water Management Permit and a SFWMD right-of-way permit (No. 50-00548-R), which authorizes drainage connections to SFWMD’s C-51 Canal.

Storm water Pump Station 3 consists of two (2) 200-hp electric motors with a belt drive unit that powers an axial flow vertical lift pump. The design capacity of each pump is 60,000 gpm. The belts extend from the engine pulley in a vertical configuration and are twisted to match a horizontal pulley directly above the pump. The pump is located outside the building, supported by a platform attached to the south face of the building. The pulley drives a line shaft connected to the pump propeller. The pumps create a vertical lift of water, forcing it through a 54-inch-diameter steel discharge pipe located under the building and extending north for approximately 40 feet to the discharge canal. The pipe outlet is equipped with a flap gate that prevents water from back-flowing into Acme’s canals.

A 4,000-gallon above ground diesel fuel tank serves the pump station’s emergency generator. This steel tank is located within a concrete containment area designed to meet FDEP Rule 17-762 for secondary containment. Feed and return lines are located above ground within a secondary containment pipe. These lines are connected to a 50-gallon day tank which, in turn, has feed and return lines to and from the engines. The day tank is used to maintain fuel levels within a specified range.

Pump Station 4 consists of two (2) 200-hp electric motors with a belt drive unit. Each drive unit transfers power to a 60,000 gpm axial flow vertical lift pump that is arranged in a similar configuration to Pump Station 3.

The stations are served with 480-volt, three-phase underground electrical power from a Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) pad-mounted transformer. The main panel is served through a 40-amp, 2-pole main breaker (at 480 volts), a 15 Watt, single-phase 480 to 240 volt, dry-type transformer, and a 100-amp, 2-pole manual transfer switch. The main panel is rated 100-amp, single-phase, three-wire, 120/240 volt, with a 60-amp, 2-pole main breaker. This panel serves one 2-hp, 230-volt sump pump, a 230-volt welder receptacle, 120-volt lighting and receptacle circuits, and other miscellaneous 120-volt loads including engine battery chargers, telemetry system, etc. Both Pump Station 3 and 4 have a 450-kW CAT back-up Gen-Set (generator).

Storm water Pump Stations 5 and 6

Pump Station 5 is located on Acme’s C-17 Canal, west and north of the Birkdale Civic Site. It consists of two (2) 10,000-gpm electric submersible pumps. It provides flood protection for 195 acres within the Southshore 2A/Twelfth Fairway area.

Pump Station 6 is located on the C-8 Canal just south of the C-51 West Canal. It consists of two (2) 62,000-gpm electric pumps manufactured by MWI. Each pump is powered by a 200-hp electric motor. A 2,000-gallon, above-ground Convault diesel fuel tank serves the Pump Station’s 450-kW back-up Gen-Set (generator).

Storm water Pump Stations 7, 8 and 9

Storm water Pump Station 7, located in the northwestern-most part of Wellington, along Flying Cow Road, discharges storm water runoff from Wellington Environmental Preserve through the Acme C-1 Canal, and discharges it directly into the SFWMD C-51 West Canal. This station includes three (3) 50,000 gpm electric belt-driven vertical axial flow discharge pumps, a 48-inch gravity discharge gate/pipe, a 750-kW backup generator and building, debris removal system, and a box culvert under Flying Cow Road.

Storm water Pump Station 8 includes two 60,000-gpm electric-belt-driven vertical axial flow discharge pumps, standard concrete intake and discharge bays, a 450-kW diesel backup generator system and building, 42-inch discharge pipes, a debris removal system, and electrical and telemetry facilities.

Storm water Pump Station 9 includes two 45,000-gpm electric-belt-driven vertical axial flow discharge pumps, concrete intake bay, a created canal intake including a Flying Cow Road concrete box culvert superstructure, a 450-kW diesel backup generator system and building, 42-inch discharge pipes, a debris removal system, a 72-inch by 72-inch sluice gate, piping, electrical, and telemetry facilities, and state-of-the-art security features.

Pump Station 10

Pump Station 10 withdraws water from Acme’s C-6 Canal to hydrate the wetland in a 93-acre area known as Big Blue Preserve. This pump station consists of one (1) 6,000 gpm electric axial flow pump with telemetry controls. The operation of the pump was permitted by SFWMD for a wet season operating schedule (June through November).

Peaceful Waters Sanctuary

The Peaceful Waters Sanctuary is a 26-acre wetland park, created by the conversion of five wastewater percolation pond cells and a peak flow storage pond adjacent to Acme’s wastewater treatment plant. The necessary infrastructure was installed to utilize reclaimed water for wetland hydration. The site was transformed into a mosaic of diverse wetland habitats that support multiple ecosystem uses and wildlife benefits. The wetland accommodates varying water depths, enhancing the wildlife habitat. The environmental benefits of the park are the creation of a wildlife habitat that is available during dry periods (winter season), treatment of the WWTP effluent to remove nutrients, passive recreation that enhances the citizens’ use of Village Park, and an educational platform to study Florida’s wetland flora and fauna.

Peaceful Waters Sanctuary includes plant communities of inland slough, emergent freshwater marsh, tropical hardwood trees, South Florida pine, and 1,500 feet of boardwalk and 1 mile of walking paths. Approximately 14,000 upland shrubs, plants, trees, and aquatic plants were planted for this project. Thousands of gallons per day of treated secondary effluent water from the adjacent treatment plant augment the storm water to provide design flows through the wetland. Wetland plants act like a natural filter removing and utilizing the beneficial nutrients available in the water. An average of 2 million gallons per week of treated effluent is allowed to flow through and into the Sanctuary. Water levels are managed by the Wellington Utilities department, and all educational and recreational activities are managed by the Wellington Parks and Recreation Department.

Wellington Environmental Preserve (Basin B Project)

Acme’s Basin B Project (now known as the Wellington Environmental Preserve at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Everglades Habitat) improves water quality entering the Everglades by routing the storm water runoff from Acme Basin B through the constructed Environmental Preserve, and then through STA 1E to remove nutrients before being discharged into the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge (Exhibit 4C).

The Wellington Environmental Preserve and passive recreational park consists of the following features:

  • 365 acres of wetland/marsh area
  • interior uplands and landscaping
  • educational and viewing areas
  • observation tower
  • equestrian and pedestrian trails
  • enhanced wildlife habitat (through wetland plantings)
  • littoral shelves and sediment traps within the canals
  • structural perimeter berm (levee)

Utilities

Wellington’s potable water system is comprised of 21 existing wells and 6 proposed wells for a total of 27 water supply wells (including Wells 26, 27, 28, R-12, R-13, R-14, and R-15), approximately 14.5 miles of water distribution pipe, an 11 million gallon per day treatment facility with a ground storage tank capacity of 4.25 million gallons and a high service pumping capacity of 23 million gallons per day. The water treatment plant was recently upgraded, including new reverse osmosis facilities, a deep injection well for RO concentrate disposal, chemical feed systems and the rehabilitation of the lime softening treatment unit. Other recent improvements include new transmission piping, construction of Re-pump/Storage Station 2, replacement of all water meters (19,691 total), installation of a new fixed base automated reading system and the construction of a city wide wireless area network or WiFi.

The wastewater system includes approximately 161 miles of gravity collection pipe, 102 lift stations, approximately 58 miles of force main pipe, a 4.75 million gallons per day wastewater treatment facility and deep injection well disposal system, and a 93 acre wetland/percolation pond. The treatment plant is currently being expanded to increase capacity to 6.5 million gallons per day and reclaimed wastewater capacity will increase from 1 MGD to 5 MGD. Other recent improvements include system wide lift station control system upgrades, rehabilitation of several older, critical lift stations and the construction of Peaceful Waters Sanctuary, created wetlands which are hydrated with secondary wastewater effluent.

 

Roadways

Roadways within Acme’s jurisdiction fall into three ownership/maintenance categories, privately owned, Palm Beach County, or Wellington. Further definition of the roadway categories are defined as follows:

Wellington Paved Roadways

These are roadways that are constructed on Acme right-of-way and are paved roads. These roadways are maintained and operated by Acme. In many cases developers have constructed the roadways and turned them over for operation and maintenance. Acme has, on occasion, participated in the improvement of certain roadways both to improve traffic carrying capacity and to provide beautification of these areas.

Road and roadside maintenance provided by Wellington includes pothole, swale, sidewalk, and shoulder repair, litter control, road signage, pavement markings, and street sweeping. In addition Wellington has implemented an annual road re-surfacing program with the long-term goal of maintaining and improving roadway infrastructure (Exhibit 4D). District roadways are categorized in four different classifications:

  • Private roads within a community owned by the local Home Owners’ Association
  • Public roads owned by Wellington
  • Public roads owned by the County or FDOT
  • Spine roads or major interconnecting roadways include:
    – Southshore
    – Forest Hill
    – Big Blue Trace
    – Greenbriar
    – Wellington Trace
    – 50th Street
    –  Binks Forest
    – Flying Cow
    – Greenview Shores/Aero Club
    – Pierson Road
    – Stribling

Wellington Unpaved Roads

These are public roadways located in equestrian areas of Wellington that are unpaved and consist of shell rock or compacted composition.

Road and pathway resurfacing costs are allocated each year at $1.1 million to $1.3 million per year. This cost is considered a community cost – since it is non-allocated to the assessment and is to support the entire District roadway system.

Palm Beach County/Florida Department of Transportation Owned Roadways

These are roadways constructed by developers in the various PUDs within Acme under Palm Beach County subdivision regulations and are dedicated to the County. These are, therefore, operated and maintained by Palm Beach County.

Private Roads within HOAs

These are private roadways constructed by developers in the various PUDs within Acme that are dedicated to the respective HOA and are operated and maintained by the HOA.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Pathways

The bicycle and pedestrian pathways within Acme and Wellington are administered within the roadway maintenance improvement funds. Wellington has adopted a Bicycle & Pedestrian Circulation Plan which incorporates a comprehensive network of bike and pedestrian pathways. These pathways are in existence or are proposed in the form of bike lanes and sidewalks within the roadways sections throughout Wellington. Common asphalt pathways provide safe movement of pedestrians and bikes are located within wide collector street right-of-ways, such as Big Blue Trace, Forest Hill Boulevard, and Wellington Trace roadways. These local facilities and infrastructure are within the right-of-way of the roadways and as such are considered an integral element of the transportation system. The resident pedestrian and bikeway O&M and CIP costs are included in the roadway Operations & Maintenance (O&M) and Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding. Sidewalks are maintained by the road maintenance division.

Equestrian Bridle Trails

The improvement and maintenance of the existing bridle trail system within Acme Improvement District/Wellington is administered on an ongoing, as needed basis. The trails must be maintained in order to provide safe riding conditions. The Equestrian Trails O&M and CIP costs are identified separately in the annual budget.

 

Parks and Recreational Facilities

Detailed information of Acme’s parks and recreational facilities is described below:

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SECTION 5 ENVIRONMENTAL AND WATER QUALITY PROGRAMS

For more than two decades, Wellington has implemented programs designed to reduce the discharge of total phosphorus into lakes and canals, particularly in Basin B. Generally, Basin B is characterized by agricultural uses, equestrian farms, nurseries, and large-lot residential estates. Historically, Basin B discharged storm water runoff directly into the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge via two Acme storm water pump stations (PS#1 and PS#2). This discharge contained total phosphorus concentrations significantly higher than those identified as acceptable within the Everglades Forever Act. As a result of the cooperative efforts of the SFWMD and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Wellington eliminated direct storm water discharges to the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and directed Basin B storm water runoff north into Basin A for subsequent discharge to the C-51 West Canal. To complete the project, additional pump stations were added along the C-51 West Canal, drainage pipes were installed along the Basin A and B divide (Pierson Road), and structures were installed to maintain control elevations in both basins.

 

Reuse Water

Wellington has implemented a water reuse program, initiated with the irrigation of Village Park using reuse water from the contiguous WWTP and an in-ground storage pond. Extension of the reuse irrigation water to community landscaping and Forest Hill Blvd. improvements is shown on Exhibit 5A.

 

Best Management Practices

In the on-going effort to further improve the quality of storm water discharges, a team of Wellington and Acme representatives established a set of Best Management Practices (BMPs) for the community to follow. The implementation of these BMPs was a component of the immediate and long-term strategies for bringing Wellington/Acme into compliance with the Everglades Forever Act. The District’s BMPs are outlined in Ordinance No. 2000-18 which took effect October 1, 2000 (Exhibit 5B) and in Ordinance 2012-12 (Exhibit 5C). Wellington adopted additional BMPs by Ordinance 2010-14 (Exhibit 5D) which includes several additional operational areas including fertilizers, system maintenance program, and livestock waste storage and disposal.

Fertilizers

Wellington’s Ordinance No. 2004-34 Sec. 30-154 BMPs for the Application and Storage of Fertilizer states that:

  • Fertilizers containing excess of 2 percent phosphate/phosphorus per guaranteed analysis label shall not be applied to turf grass, pastures, paddocks, or be used in nurseries unless justified by a soil test
  • Fertilizers in excess of 2 percent phosphate/phosphorus shall not be applied within five feet of the edge of water or within 5 feet of a drainage facility
  • Liquid fertilizers in excess of 2 percent phosphate/phosphorus shall not be applied through an irrigation system within 10 feet of the edge of water or drainage facility

Licensed Wellington Code Compliance Officers are responsible for inspections of fertilizer storage areas to ensure compliance with the Code of Ordinances. Wellington has also developed a Public Education Campaign to educate residents on the proper types, storage, use and application of fertilizers. Wellington will continue to address “hot spots” throughout the basins in an effort to identify sources and will continue to develop targeted strategies to reduce site-specific total phosphorus loads.

 

System Maintenance Programs

Wellington has implemented a number of maintenance programs to capture and remove sediments, debris and vegetation before and after it enters Acme’s surface water management system. The program includes:

  • Street sweeping 38.3 miles of roadway
  • Litter pick-up and disposal
  • Catch basin and culvert cleaning
  • Aquatic vegetation harvesting
  • Canal cleaning
  • Sediment removal at 7 sediment sump locations
  • Automated pump station debris removal systems

n 2015, Wellington collected and properly disposed of 3,560 cubic yards of material, which is estimated to have eliminated approximately 2,000 pounds of phosphorus that would otherwise have entered the surface water management system and downstream receiving waters.

 

Livestock Waste Storage and Disposal

Wellington Land Development Code Sec. 30-153 provides minimum standards for the storage and disposal of livestock waste. Specifically, each livestock facility shall have an approved waste storage area. The storage areas are required to have an impermeable floor with sidewalls on three sides. The size of the storage area is also proportioned to the number of livestock served by the storage area. If roll-off or dumpster containers are approved, they must be placed on a concrete or asphalt pad with a lip around it to contain seepage/leakage.

Waste storage areas must be located at least 5 feet away from any roof overhang, 50 feet from any public drainage conveyance or drainage inlet, at least 100 feet from any water body, and at least 150 feet from a potable water supply well. In addition, this section of the Village code contains standards for the maintenance of the storage area, spreading/composting, and for the hauling of livestock waste. Wellington developed a brochure to educate the public about Livestock Waste Storage and Disposal (Exhibit 5E).

 

Water Quality Report

The Wellington laboratory prepares an annual water quality report (Exhibit 5F) which presents results of water quality sampling data as collected from sites throughout Wellington (Exhibit 5G). The period of record for this data collection begins in 1999 and currently goes through June 2015. Total phosphorus (TP) is measured and is used to gauge effectiveness of implemented BMPs. Wellington has also entered into an agreement with the SFWMD to conduct an extensive storm water quality monitoring program to help pinpoint areas that are of particularly high phosphorus concentrations (Exhibit 5H).