Water-Related News

Bonita Council Ready to Move Ahead with Imperial River Basin Plan

BONITA SPRINGS — The Bonita Springs City Council is expected Wednesday to formally accept a stormwater plan that could serve as a road map to less flooding and cleaner runoff in the Imperial River Basin.

The plan, designed by Tampa engineering firm Intera Inc., identifies stormwater projects that would lower the amount of nitrogens entering the Imperial River and the Gulf of Mexico.

Parts of the plan likely will be implemented during the next five years, but other parts may not be, City Manager Carl Schwing said.

"It's a comprehensive plan that tells us where we are now and how we can meet the likely state requirements in the future," Schwing said. "We will do as much as we can with the budget we have."

The plan outlines a series of retention ponds, constructed wetlands and filtering devices that would be built throughout the city.