By Mike D. PhillipsThe biggest lake you’ve ever seen in the U.S. is getting a makeover.
Lake Casitas, an important part of the Gulf Coast, is expected to make a dramatic comeback in the coming years.
The lake, located in northern Florida, is one of the most polluted bodies of water in the country, with an estimated 3,200 plastic bags per square kilometer, according to the American Lung Association.
It’s also one of America’s most polluted rivers, with nearly 8,000 tons of plastic waste annually, according the EPA.
A new plan from the U of A is trying to change that.
The city recently received a $6 million grant from the federal government to help redevelop the lake.
Lake Casita is expected in 2019 to receive $8 million in public funding, said the city.
The new lake would be connected to the new Aloft golf course and hotel development, a proposed golf course in downtown St. Augustine, and the downtown Aloft hotel, according city officials.
The Lake Casities’ water quality will be monitored by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The lake’s lake level will be kept at a minimum of 3,000 feet above sea level.
The project is expected get started in 2019.