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Pasco’s 4G Wetlands Project wins Environmental Award

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on May 6, 2017

Beneficial water reuse project awarded industry’s top state honor

Pasco County Utilities is pleased to announce the 4G Wetlands Project has been awarded the industry’s top state honor – The Florida Water Environment Association’s (FWEA) David W. York Award for Reuse Project of the Year!

This prestigious award, which recognizes excellence in the use of reclaimed water, was presented to Pasco County on April 25, 2017 during the Florida Water Resources Conference in West Palm Beach.  Learn more about the award here:

The FWEA Committee is now nominating the 4G Wetlands project for the national award to be presented by WateReuse in September, 2017.

“Being honored with the York Award is extraordinarily gratifying,” said Jeff Harris, Pasco County biologist.  “I’m delighted to share this award with our top-notch project team and partners.  This innovative project will serve as a model for natural resource management across the country.”

The 4G Wetlands Project will:

  • Be one of the largest known groundwater recharge wetlands in the world
  • Provide for a more sustainable water supply for 2.5 million people in the Tampa Bay area
  • Create 175 acres of new wetland habitat
  • Provide up to 1,500 additional acres of recovery to natural lakes and wetlands
  • Be the first Public-Private Partnership (P3) project in the region for environmental restoration
Accepting the award on behalf of Pasco County from left to right: Rafael Vazquez-Burney, P.E./Senior Technologist, CH2M,
Jeff Harris/Pasco County Biologist, Michael Carballa, P.E./Director of Pasco County Utilities Engineering

For background information on the award-winning 4G Wetlands Project, click on this link:


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