Water-Related News

Plan floated for new south Lee County flood control effort

Additional resources for flood control in south Lee County could start flowing under a plan to change the division of the region's water management system becomes reality, supporters say.

The South Florida Water Management District is split in to two operational units, the Big Cypress and Okeechobee basins, with all of Lee County in the Okeechobee basin..

While the northern part of Lee County is in the watershed of the Caloosahatchee River, which takes water from Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf of Mexico, there is a natural connection between south county and water systems in the Big Cypress basin and the Everglades.