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Stormwater pond to be built in Downtown Pensacola

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is awarding more than 2 million dollars to build a stormwater pond in Downtown Pensacola.

Channel 3's Kalie Desimone joins us live this morning with more on how the project is expected to improve our local water quality.

Every time it rains-- thousands and thousands of gallons of untreated run off water goes out into our bays. 

"That makes the water cloudy, it can actually outright kill things like sea grass beds, oysters and the things that we are trying to bring back," said environmentalist Christian Wagley.

The government street regional stormwater pond is expected to do a lot to help clean up the western part of Downtown Pensacola.

"With good water quality  really great things can happen and this project is going to do a great part in helping us get there," Wagley said.

Christian Wagley says he expects the pond will become an attractive amenity that will drawl people to that part of downtown.

This project in this particular part of town is expected to encourage other environmental improvement project to take flight that are still in the planning phases.