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Apopka in Orange County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Lake Apopka North Shore

 
 
Lake Apopka North Shore Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, January 22, 2021
1. Lake Apopka North Shore Marker
Inscription.  
Restoring Lake Apopka
The Lake Apopka Restoration Act of 1985 and the Florida Surface Water Improvement and Management (SWIM) Act of 1987 paved the way for restoration work to begin. Activities have included:
• Purchase of more than 19,000 acres of agricultural land along the lake's north shore, reducing the discharge of phosphorus from the farms.
• Restoration of former marshes on the lake’s north shore.
• Development and operation of a marsh filtration system to filter pollutants from the lake water.
• Harvesting non-desirable gizzard shad to remove the phosphorus held in their bodies and reducing the fertilization of algae from their waste.
• Replanting native wetland vegetation species to help restore fish and wildlife habitat.
• Bringing local governments, the Friends of Lake Apopka and the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council together to develop a plan to ensure that future development does not negatively impact the lake.

The Lake Apopka Marsh Flow-Way
The St. Johns River Water Management District constructed and is operating a four-cell, 760-acre wetland
Marker detail: Lake Apopka Map image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, January 22, 2021
2. Marker detail: Lake Apopka Map
(marker is located just south of the old Pump House)
treatment system — the marsh flow-way. Lake Apopka's turbid (cloudy) water is filled with phosphorus, algae and sediment. The water enters the marsh flow-way by gravity and flows through one of the treatment areas called cells, where the pollutants are filtered naturally by the marsh vegetation. Dominant plants growing in the flow-way include cattail, pennywort, pickerel weed and arrowhead.

Cleaner water is pumped out of the flow-way and returned to the Apopka-Beauclair Canal. Some of the cleaner water from the flow-way replaces the lake water currently flowing down the Apopka-Beauclair Canal to the Harris Chain of Lakes.

For more information about this conservation area or other lands managed by the St. Johns River Water Management District, contact:
St. Johns River Water Management District
Bureau of Land Resources
P.O. Box 1429 • Palatka, FL 32178-1429
386-329-4404 • www.sjrwmd.com
 
Erected by St. Johns River Water Management District.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureAnimalsEnvironmentWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 28° 40.083′ N, 81° 35.629′ W. Marker is in Apopka, Florida, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Lust Road 0.1 miles
Lake Apopka North Shore Marker Kiosk image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, January 22, 2021
3. Lake Apopka North Shore Marker Kiosk
west of Welland Road. Marker is located along the Lake Apopka Loop Trail, on the south side of the old Pump House. Access is from the Lake Apopka Loop Trail or via Lusk Road on the Lake Apopka North Shore Wildlife Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Apopka FL 32703, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Farm Workers Enrich the Cultural History of Lake Apopka (here, next to this marker); Lovell's Landing at Lake Apopka (approx. 3.4 miles away); Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit (approx. 5.4 miles away); Apopka Schoolhouse (approx. 5.6 miles away); Oldest Masonic Lodge Building in Continuous Use in Florida (approx. 5.6 miles away); Harper House (approx. 6½ miles away); Montverde Academy (approx. 6.9 miles away); Winter Garden Downtown Historic District (approx. 7.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Apopka.
 
More about this marker. Marker is on the east side of a two-sided interpretive kiosk.
 
Also see . . .  The Lake Apopka Marsh Flow-Way. This recirculating system, filters about 40 percent of the lake’s volume each year. It began operation in November 2003. Through December 2018, the system removed about 32 metric tons of phosphorus from Lake Apopka, or an annual total phosphorus removal rate of 2.2 metric tons per year. The system also helped clear Lake Apopka’s water by filtering 4,300 metric tons of total suspended solids annually. (Submitted on January 22, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Historic Pump House image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, January 22, 2021
4. Historic Pump House
(looking northwest • marker kiosk on left)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 22, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 22, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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