Water-Related News

Estero endorses proposed $13.7 million state conservation project

Estero supports an effort to secure $13.7 million of state funding for the preservation of 2,841 acres in southeast Lee County.

The village council on Wednesday [May 18] agreed to send a letter endorsing the project, CREW Headwaters, to stewards of Florida Forever, the state's public land acquisition program.

"Your support really gives us a boost," said Brad Cornell, a spokesman for Audubon of the Western Everglades.

CREW Headwaters got its name because the targeted acres of groves and farmland are north of Corkscrew Swamp, which is in the vast Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed.

If state funding is made available, CREW Headwaters would lessen the harm caused by the degraded water that has flowed into southeast Lee's marshes for at least the last 50 years, according to project advocates. It is also in prime Florida Panther territory.