The City of Titusville, Florida / Public Works / Stormwater Projects / Area 2 - North Brevard Senior CenterNorth Brevard Senior Center
Excess nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) entering the Indian River Lagoon have attributed to reduction in the amount of seagrass in the Lagoon. In an effort to reduce nutrients entering the Indian River Lagoon, the City of Titusville, in partnership with Brevard County and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, completed stormwater improvements to the North Brevard Senior Center. These improvements included the construction of two retention ponds, a boardwalk and a gazebo along with a downstream nutrient-separating baffle box at St. Johns Street. The Senior Center ponds and baffle box provide treatment for stormwater runoff from 555 acres of commercial and residential property in the St. John’s Street Basin. The boardwalk around the ponds also serves as a great place to walk and enjoy the outdoors.
The St. John’s Street basin is the largest sub-basin in the City of Titusville’s Area II Watershed. Its drainage system flows through different stormwater components prior to reaching the Indian River Lagoon. The major drainage components within the St. John’s Street Basin begin with existing wetlands, which drain to Lake Morbecca. From Lake Morbecca, water flows through an open ditch to the Senior Center stormwater treatment ponds. After the treatment ponds, the drainage is conveyed through a series of ditches and pipes until it reaches a nutrient-separating baffle box, which collects suspended solids prior to entering the Indian River Lagoon; this combination of stormwater treatment components is what is known as a treatment train.