Bids approved for Polk County waterway cleanup
Published 8:45 am Friday, February 10, 2023
Debris to be removed from North Pacolet River, White Oak Creek, and Green River
POLK COUNTY–At its meeting on Monday, Feb. 6, the Polk County Board of Commissioners accepted bids to remove and dispose of vegetative debris from Polk County waterways, after receiving a $400,000 grant as part of the Streamflow Rehabilitation Assistance Program.
Warren Eadus of Quible and Associates, P.C., a company that offers professional civil engineering and planning, spoke at the meeting. The Board hired Quible to assist with bidding and administering STRAP’s $400,000 grant.
The companies with accepted bids–Stream Initiative, South Core Environmental, and Jay’s Lawn Service and Landscaping Company–will each be responsible for cleanup at its corresponding area.
Stream Initiative is responsible for cleanup at North Pacolet River and White Oak Creek, and will receive $79,560. South Core Environmental is responsible for the Lower Green River, the portion below Lake Adger, and will receive $152,500. Jay’s Lawn Service and Landscaping Company is responsible for the Upper Green River, which is the section above Lake Adger, and will receive $42,500.
These expenditures would leave $125,440 remaining in the budget, which will be used for any unforeseen work that may be involved in the project.
Eadus further elaborated on the project.
“Removal and proper disposal of vegetative debris, snags and other obstacles that are blocking water flow or have potential to block water flow, is the only activity that is allowed to occur for this grant,” Eadus said. “Due to the remote nature of some of these projects and the many miles of waterways throughout the county, there are likely additional locations where work can be done that have not been identified.”
County Manager Marche Pittman stated that the project should begin by the end of 2023.