SFWMD unanimously votes to do research on deep injection wells.
The Governing Board for the South Florida Water Management District voted unanimously to start a research program regarding deep injection wells. They say it will prevent excess stormwater from harming the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers and estuaries. Bob Verasstro is the Lead Hydrogeologist for the district. He said the key to the rivers is maintaining the water levels in Lake Okeechobee.
The water district is hoping that deep injection wells will prevent the needs for discharges. Mayor Troy McDonald of Stuart is happy the water management district is working to prevent the discharges. He wants them to be cautious.
Verrastro said they plan on taking the project slow, putting in one well at a time. They have to go back to the governing board in September. Then they will present with the plan. They hope to get many up and running within the next couple of years.
What is an deep injection well?
An injection well is a device that places fluid deep underground into porous rock formations, such as sandstone or limestone, or into or below the shallow soil layer. The fluid may be water, wastewater, brine (salt water), or water mixed with chemicals.