The office of U.S. Rep Vern Buchanan has announced that the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) has been awarded $3.6 million by the Federal Aviation Authority for a drainage and water management system improvement project, noting that the announcement came after Buchanan urged acting FAA Administrator Daniel K. Elwell to approve the airport’s request for federal funding.
The funds will help improve airfield drainage and reduction in wildlife hazards. It will permit an additional 80 plus acres of taxiways, buildings/hangars, aprons, parking and access road improvements. The reduction in storm water ponds, and the deepening and steepening of the pond and side slopes will also eliminate or reduce wildlife that is currently attracted to the storm water ponds.
An update found that the existing airport water management system was essentially at capacity. In addition, most of the current system has design elements that are not consistent with the United S tates Department of Agriculture/FAA guidance on minimizing the attraction of hazardous wildlife. The proposed project will correct those deficiencies.