(Above) The Jordan Marsh Water Quality Treatment Park, on Tuesday, Nov. 20, is moving ahead of schedule. (Below, left) Jordan Marsh project underway in September. (Below, right) Closer view of Jordan Marsh project on Nov. 20. SC photos by Chuck Larsen Photography
(Above) The Jordan Marsh Water Quality Treatment Park, on Tuesday, Nov. 20, is moving ahead of schedule. (Below, left) Jordan Marsh project underway in September. (Below, right) Closer view of Jordan Marsh project on Nov. 20. SC photos by Chuck Larsen Photography

The Jordan Marsh Water Quality Treatment Park, being constructed in the vicinity of Periwinkle Way and Casa Ybel Road on six acres of the city-owned Jordan Marsh Preserve and 1.3 acres of land within the Sanibel Captiva Conservation’s Bob Wigley Preserve, is projected to be completed ahead of the January 2019 schedule.

The Jordan Marsh Water Quality Treatment Park is coming along great and ahead of schedule,” said Deputy Natural Resources Director Holly Milbrandt. “The pump arrived on Monday (Nov. 19) and is being installed this week. Nearly 20,000 plants are schedule for installation the first week of December. Once the plants are in, the contractor will begin to demobilize and should be wrapped up by Christmas.”

Once finished, the Jordan Marsh Water Quality Treatment Park will collect storm water runoff from commercial and residential properties along Periwinkle Way and filter it through a series of wetland treatment areas prior to discharge in the Sanibel River. Jordan Marsh also has the ability to draw water from the river and move it through wetlands for further treatment.

It’s one of the City of Sanibel’s ongoing projects designed to improve the water quality in the Sanibel Slough and help meet Florida water quality standards. The project will also enhance existing wildlife habitat on the site, provide recreational opportunities and educate park visitors on the various Best Management Practices used to improve water quality.

It has been funded in part by the South Florida Water Management District Cooperative Funding Program, Lee County Community Park Impact Fees and city budgeted funds.