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Mailbox and Sign Painting Program Contract
JF Paint (Flowers Painting) completed all work along Priest Landing Drive and its side streets. The contractor currently is working along Bartram Road and its side streets. As a reminder, please use caution when driving around the areas where JF Paint and in-house staff are working.
2022 Community Path Program
As part of the annual operational maintenance program, Absolute Concrete repaired damaged concrete panels on the path from Wiley Bottom Road to Tidewater Way this week. Absolute Concrete will progress to Westcross Road next week.
Fish Kill - Lagoon 98
Staff was notified about a fish kill this week in Lagoon 98 (located on the 6th hole of the Terrapin golf course). Staff responded to the fish kill and will continue to monitor the lagoon to ensure water quality parameters stabilize.
Fish kills typically occur in our brackish lagoons closest to the marsh during high tide events. There are several reasons for the low levels of dissolved oxygen that can cause a fish kill. When we receive higher than normal tides, saltwater lagoons located around the island’s perimeter can be inundated by large quantities of saltwater flowing back into the system. This dramatic change in water temperature and chemistry causes some saltwater lagoons to turn a milky brown color and can result in some fish dying. This natural phenomenon is commonly referred to as “Turnover”. Turnover refers to the mixing of two water column layers. This happens when cool water layers over the top of the lagoon. Once a substantial amount of water collects on the lagoon surface, it will fall through the upper water column, resulting in a violent mixing of the two layers. Oxygen levels in the lagoon waters will decline significantly, causing the weaker fish to die. This process is compounded as fish start to die, further deoxygenating the water and worsening the oxygen parameters for the living fish. After the initial mixing occurs, the water columns naturally start rebuilding oxygen levels as the lagoon stabilizes.