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Palencia Community Sustainability

Palencia Community Sustainability

Client: Marshall Creek Community Development District
Location: St. Johns County, FL
Size: 1,750 acres
Service: Community Design & Regional Planning

Highlights:
Contact Staff: Joseph P. Loretta, RLA, LEED®AP, BD+C
 

Genesis worked with Palencia Management and interested Palencia residents to retrofit already existing private and common areas to require less fertilization and irrigation. Such areas were retrofitted under low impact design (LID) guidelines and utilized natural based soil amendments which built soil health to require less fertilization and eliminated the need for irrigation.

The project also consisted of naturally treating and restoring targeted neighborhood lakes. Pond and lake restoration was achieved through a biological augmentation program that: (1) promotes rapid reduction in waste organic matter; (2) improves water quality and clarity; (3) accomplishes a corresponding reduction in nutrient loading; and, (4) reduces pond’s organic bottom solids (muck). This bio-augmentation program applies a series of select, beneficial microorganisms and a natural based bio-stimulant that enhances and speeds the rate of biological oxidation of organic waste matter within the aquatic environment. This natural process enhances water quality within the entire ecosystem to benefit all aquatic life forms including aquatic plants and fish.

Yard clippings and related landscape waste records were collected to study the potential of implementing a biochar system. Biochar is the pyrolosis of biomass which may be used as a soil amendment to increase plant growth yield, improve water quality, reduce soil emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), reduce leaching of nutrients, reduce soil acidity, and reduce irrigation and fertilizer requirements. The significance of charcoal to beneficial soil microbes is illustrated by both the: (1) greatly enhanced amount of porous surface area made available to house microbial colonization and, (2) slowed rate of decay to retain higher rates of water and soil nutrients.

Overall, Genesis' partnership with the Palencia Board of Supervisors on this project lead to successfully implementing alternative, eco-friendly landscape management practices to actively support sustainability and water quality protection in North Florida.

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Palencia Community Sustainability


St. Johns County, FL

Client:

Marshall Creek Community Development District

Location:

St. Johns County, FL

Size:

1,750 acres

Service

Community Design & Regional Planning

Highlights:

Engineering
Landscape Architecture

Palencia Community Sustainability

Genesis worked with Palencia Management and interested Palencia residents to retrofit already existing private and common areas to require less fertilization and irrigation. Such areas were retrofitted under low impact design (LID) guidelines and utilized natural based soil amendments which built soil health to require less fertilization and eliminated the need for irrigation.

The project also consisted of naturally treating and restoring targeted neighborhood lakes. Pond and lake restoration was achieved through a biological augmentation program that: (1) promotes rapid reduction in waste organic matter; (2) improves water quality and clarity; (3) accomplishes a corresponding reduction in nutrient loading; and, (4) reduces pond’s organic bottom solids (muck). This bio-augmentation program applies a series of select, beneficial microorganisms and a natural based bio-stimulant that enhances and speeds the rate of biological oxidation of organic waste matter within the aquatic environment. This natural process enhances water quality within the entire ecosystem to benefit all aquatic life forms including aquatic plants and fish.

Yard clippings and related landscape waste records were collected to study the potential of implementing a biochar system. Biochar is the pyrolosis of biomass which may be used as a soil amendment to increase plant growth yield, improve water quality, reduce soil emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), reduce leaching of nutrients, reduce soil acidity, and reduce irrigation and fertilizer requirements. The significance of charcoal to beneficial soil microbes is illustrated by both the: (1) greatly enhanced amount of porous surface area made available to house microbial colonization and, (2) slowed rate of decay to retain higher rates of water and soil nutrients.

Overall, Genesis' partnership with the Palencia Board of Supervisors on this project lead to successfully implementing alternative, eco-friendly landscape management practices to actively support sustainability and water quality protection in North Florida.