Water-Related News

Lehigh Acres MSID projects provide water quality, storage aid

During the few months that makeup Florida's rainy season, awareness of the area's water quality, stormwater storage and hurricane preparedness is a priority.

However, agencies like the Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District work diligently year-round to plan, prepare and implement projects to alleviate stormwater issues and educate the communities they serve.

"It is important for residents to realize that our waterways, canals, lakes, et cetra, are connected to larger bodies of water such as the Orange and Caloosahatchee Rivers, as well as Hickey and Bedman Creek,'' said David Lindsay, LA-MSID's district manager.

The fresh-water discharges from Lake Okeechobee can cause a variety of issues on the Caloosahatchee such as increasing the potential for algae blooms and can negatively impact both plant and animal life, noted LA-MSID Chairman Ken Thompson.

The LA-MSID provides flood control, conservation and mitigation, irrigation, navigation, roads/bridges and limited parks services to Lehigh Acres and western Hendry County — about a 110-square mile area.