Remediation of the Old Airport Landfill will start April 27, 2015 with an anticipated completion in the fall of 2015. The Airport Landfill was reportedly open in the 1940’s under the Alachua Army Air Field tenure and was likely used as the base landfill. It is situated northeast of what is present day Gainesville Regional Airport, north of Little Hatchet Creek. The project encompasses proper closure of the old airport landfill. Restoration activities include regrading slopes, removing surface trash material from wetlands and Little Hatchet Creek, adding drainage structures and capping the landfill with two feet of clean soil cover. The project enhances adjacent wetlands and the water quality of Little Hatchet Creek.
Work at the old Airport Landfill is substantially complete. Waste from the landfill that had migrated into the floodplain has been relocated to higher ground, compacted, capped with 2 feet of clean soil and vegetation has been established as well as other erosion control measures to enhance the adjacent wetlands and water quality of Little Hatchet Creek. Water quality monitoring both pre and post construction has been facilitated by the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department and is ongoing.
Regrading of waste in the old Airport Landfill is complete and the Contractor, EnviroTek Environmental & Construction Services, is currently working on seeding and sodding the two foot layer of clean soil that will act as a protective barrier. The project has experienced some weather delays but it is expected to be completed in October 2015. For more information, please contact Betsy Waite, project manager via email at email@example.com or by phone at (352) 393‑8405. Please direct media inquiries to Chip Skinner, Department Marketing and Communications Supervisor, at (352) 393-7842 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What is the project’s background?
The Airport Landfill was reportedly open in the 1940’s under the Alachua AAAF tenure. It was likely used as the base landfill. It is situated northeast of what is present day Gainesville Regional Airport, just north of Little Hatchet Creek. The landfill consisted of three areas: a trash area, garbage area (with enclosed sludge pit) and a construction and demolition area. The garbage area was reportedly used by the City of Gainesville from 1964 to 1971 and received garbage, sludge and dead animals. The trash fill consisted of yard trash, household appliances and other similar items. The construction and demolition area opened in 1981. Solid waste was disposed using the trench method.
What is the project’s purpose?
The project will encompass proper remediation of the airport landfill per the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s requirements. Perpetual maintenance shall be minimized through design. Restoration activities include placing two feet of soil cover, constructing lateral diversion berms and “V” ditch downchutes, re-grading slopes, removing surface trash material from wetlands and the northern bank of Little Hatchet Creek, constructing an internal maintenance road with a gravel surface and culverts. Best management practices such as turf reinforcement, check dams and articulated concrete blocks will be installed to prevent landfill erosion. The landfill improvement design provides reasonable assurance that the peak rate of discharge of runoff at post restoration condition will be no more than that of pre restoration condition, and encroachment on the 10 year and 100 year floodplain will be significantly reduced after restoration. By stopping landfill erosion, the project enhances adjacent wetlands and water quality of Little Hatchet Creek.
Who is doing the construction and when will construction start?
The City of Gainesville will utilize EnviroTek Environmental and Construction Services to begin work remediating the Old Airport Landfill in April of 2015.
EnviroTek Environmental and Construction Services was awarded the bid based on the City’s low bid process. Construction is slated to last 4-6 months.
What is the construction cost for the project?
The construction cost of this project is $1.88M.
Who can I ask for more information about this project?
Contact Betsy Waite, Project Manager, at 352-393-8405 or email@example.com for more information.
Please direct media inquiries to Chip Skinner, Department Marketing and Communications Supervisor, at (352) 393-7842 or firstname.lastname@example.org.