Congratulations Florida Committee Chair Paul Haydt, whose leadership has led to the restoration of a Volusia County waterway hailed by a researcher as "a jewel of improvement." So the Daytona Beach News-Journal quoted researcher Quinn Zacharias in a front page year-end report about Rose Bay, a 60-acre estuary between Port Orange and New Smyrna Beach, once famous for its scallops. Pollution killed the beds after the building of a water-flow blocking causeway to carry U.S. 1 traffic across the bay and the building of adjacent homes.
Paul, a coastal program manager with the St. Johns River Water Management District, led the multi-agency team that replaced the causeway with a bridge and eliminated area septic tanks. Researcher Zacharias' tests revealed improvements in the chemistry of the bay and the return of healthy nutrients that could lead to revival of its fishery. Paul led the 25-year $51 million project.