Water-Related News

Lee County, Cape Coral approve water management plan for Yellow Fever Creek Preserve

Lee County approved an agreement with Cape Coral on Tuesday (Feb. 20) in an attempt to help restore water flow into Matlacha Pass and the Caloosahatchee River.

The agreement establishes the responsibilities of the city and county for construction and maintenance of an interconnect system between Cape Coral's freshwater canal system in northeast Cape and the Yellow Fever Creek canal and preserve land, which is largely owned by the county.

The Lee County Board of County Commissioners approved the agreement without objection Tuesday, and Cape Coral City Council unanimously approved the agreement last month. The estimated cost for the county’s portion is $2 million, with the city’s estimated at $1.2 million.

The county will be responsible for creation of a roughly 15-acre lake as well as pumping facilities to complement Cape Coral's Parks Master Plan for the Yellow Fever Creek area. A pump station will transfer water from Leets Canal under Del Prado Boulevard to Yellow Fever Creek preserve.