The QA/QC [quality analysis/ quality control ] where performed by a Florida certified chemical laboratory. S.T.A.R.T [www.start1.org paid for the discharge over weir analysis billing. Water sample collections were made mostly by SLWSD staff and several by Joseph L. Gilio. Results indicate achievement of the total maximum daily load [TMDL] for the period of record.
In comparison to the receiving body of water , the St. Lucie River at between 250-300 ppb TP, this major development of regional impact's discharges improve the water quality of the river.
A similar achievement of reducing Lake Okeechobee's water quality using the methodologies established at St. Lucie West would be a major achievement for the entire Everglades restoration. Reduced total phosphorus levels in the lake's water would mean much less downstream pollution for the Caloosahatchee River and estuary. It would enhance the efficiency of the downstreahe Stormwater Treatment Area [STA's 1,2,3,4,5,6] , C240A, the C-44 and C-43 projects improving all their water quality efficiencies.
If the lake's total phosphorus level could be reduced to the St. Lucie West levels, Microcystis auruginosa blooms would be significantly reduced and possibly eliminated upon such water quality achievement.
In addition, such lake water improvement would increase the overall health of the lake,its fish and wildlife populations resulting in higher and better public use and enjoyment.