The City of Santa Maria is constructing a large-scale denitrification system to improve water quality. The project will pump agricultural runoff from the Bradley Channel at Jim May County Park and treat it through an artificial wetland. This low-cost, passive technology utilizes carbon from waste wood chips as a source of carbon for removing nitrate contamination.
The City is working in partnership with CRCD and the agricultural community. CRCD was instrumental in securing state funding for the project. For more information, go to jimmayparkbiofilter.org.
“The Natural Resources Conservation Service is pleased to see diverse partners join together to identify water quality problems then seek collaborative, innovative approaches to address them. We are eager to see the functioning denitrifying bioreactor, and to learn more about how to incorporate these systems in conservation efforts to address water quality problems in the region.”
– Karen Lowell, Ph.D., CA CCA, Agronomist
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Salinas, CA