ECUA Bayou Marcus Water Reclamation Facility Boardwalk Re-opens to the Public

The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority’s (ECUA’s) Bayou Marcus Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) experienced a disruption to the plant’s biological process during the week of August 29 through September 2, 2011, caused by what appeared to have been several separate incidents of toxic discharges to the wastewater collection system.  This process upset prompted the temporary closing of the Bayou Marcus Wetlands Boardwalk.

boardwalkImmediately following the reported incident, the ECUA staff implemented a daily monitoring program, and have now determined that conditions warrant the re-opening of the Wetlands Boardwalk.

The Boardwalk is built above the wetlands, offering visitors an opportunity to walk through an authentic Northwest Florida wetland ecosystem.  The ECUA Bayou Marcus Wetlands is one of the sites on the Great Florida Birding Trail and is open year-round for the public to enjoy, with access only during the daylight hours.

About ECUA: Originally founded as the Escambia County Utilities Authority in 1981 by a Special Act of the Florida Legislature and is a local governmental body, existing under the laws of the State of Florida. The Authority has expertise in multiple facets of utility service, including engineering, policy formulation, customer service, and communications. The Authority’s name was officially changed to the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority on June 29, 2004.