Cliff Creek Baffle Box Installation Underway
On February 19, crews began installation of the Cliff Creek Baffle Box — the largest nutrient-separating baffle box east of the Mississippi River. It is the latest in a series of baffle boxes being installed at points throughout the city in an effort to reduce the amount of pollution going into the Indian River Lagoon. Baffle boxes are underground structures made up of chambers that trap debris, trash, and other pollutants from stormwater that flows off of streets and into stormdrains after heavy rains. “Nutrient-separating” baffle boxes have an added feature that also removes nitrogen and phosphorus — the two most harmful pollutants going into the Indian River Lagoon. The new baffle box is being installed in the Cliff Creek neighborhood where it will remove pollutants from a 515-acre drainage basin roughly bounded by Stewart Road to the west, Sweetwood Drive to the north, U.S. 1 and the Indian River Lagoon to the east, and downtown Eau Gallie to the south. The Cliff Creek baffle box will remove 3,952 pounds of nitrogen and 797 pounds of phosphorus per year.
The following pictures show progress by date.