Water-Related News

Ft. Myers, Waterkeeper differ on city record on Caloosahatchee pollution

Fort Myers officials went on the offensive Tuesday in an effort to counter claims that bacteria, including fecal material, is flowing from the Billy's Creek watershed to the Caloosahatchee River.

Late last spring, Calusa Waterkeeper released the results of testing that claimed high levels of fecal bacteria in Billy's Creek.

"The contamination is extraordinarily high, it's terrible," Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani said. "It's terrible."

In a nearly two-hour presentation Tuesday [Sept. 8] consultants for the city praised efforts that have been made to improve water quality in the area of Billy's Creek and to make sure it is tested.