Major improvements on the way for three Holmes Creek landings

January 14, 2013

A boardwalk and overlook deck are in the works as well as restoration at Hightower Landing
Boardwalk and overlook in the works at Hightower Spring. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Restoration planned for Hightower, Spurling and Live Oak Landings

Continuing its focus on water supply and natural resource protection, the Northwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board today approved an agreement of up to $200,000 with Washington County for a series of streambank restoration and protection activities along Holmes Creek. In a separate item, the Board also approved up to $235,845 in grant funding to the City of Blountstown to complete needed repairs and upgrades to its water distribution system.

“The District is pleased to partner with local governments to implement projects and improvements that will help protect the water resources of northwest Florida and ensure a reliable supply of water for our citizens,” said District Executive Director Jon Steverson.
Under the agreement with Washington County, the District will provide the county funds to complete environmental restoration, protection and improvement projects and repairs at the popular Hightower, Spurling and Live Oak landings within the Holmes Creek Water Management Area. Projects include initiating streambank restoration and protection measures at all three sites by constructing vegetative retaining walls that will help reduce erosion and restore natural functions.

Additional protection activities include constructing several small storm water facilities that will help capture and treat runoff before it enters Holmes Creek — a major spring-fed tributary of the Choctawhatchee River. The county will also construct a boardwalk and overlook deck at Hightower Landing, which will give the public access to view the spring pool while offering shoreline protection. Other improvements include boat ramp repairs and other recreational improvements, such as developing parking and picnic areas and primitive campsites.

The Washington County Commission approved this agreement in December 2012.