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Lake Ella is an Important Stormwater Facility for Tallahassee

By: John Rogers Email
By: John Rogers Email

Many of you may be aware of the beauty that is Tallahassee's Lake Ella.

The lake is a scenic setting in which to unwind during a busy day, but the lake also serves an important purpose in the city.

Byron Graves takes a walk around Lake Ella every day except Sundays.

And as he strolls on the gravel, he can't help but soak in the scenery.

Graves says, "When I see the ducks and the fish swimming, it's just a peace, a relaxation I begin to get."

Lake Ella near downtown Tallahassee is a local hot spot to cool down and just escape reality for a while.

"I come here to relax and just to clear my head," visitor Candice Watt says.

"It's a pretty lake," says 9-year-old Destiny Vincent.

But the reality is, the lake is an important tool in Tallahassee's stormwater treatment plan.

City officials say the area is prone to flooding, so Lake Ella is used to catch and treat stormwater runoff. Chemicals are pumped into the water to clean out pollutants.

"As this fountain shoots water high into the air, it serves more of a purpose than just beautifying the landscape. It helps to mix the chemicals used to treat the water."

Without Lake Ella, this polluted H20 would make its way to other bodies of water throughout Leon County. But the visitors here say Lake Ella is much more than a way to keep our water clean.

"This is a gathering place. We need Lake Ella," says Graves.

Beauty and efficiency all in one package.

City officials say Lake Ella treats about 50 to 100 million gallons of stormwater runoff a year.


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