Lee County, Bonita Springs sign new interlocal agreement for surface water services
A new interlocal agreement between Lee County and the City of Bonita Springs has been approved for the continuation of surface water programs in the city. Under the new interlocal agreement which extends through fiscal year 2024/2025, Lee county will provide the following services to the city:
Respond to citizens requests for action (RFA) regarding flooding complaints and water quality problems. Includes initial assessment only. Provide stormwater-related reviews, analyses, and reports as needed. Response to major floods will be based on staff availability and extent of flooding elsewhere in Lee County.
Review plans for development that affect regional surface water.
Provide project management services for South Florida Water Management District and Florida Department of Environmental Protection funded projects in Imperial River, Leitner Creek, Oak Creek, Rosemary Creek, and Springs Creek watersheds.
Manage mandated NPDES MS4 permit in compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act except for preparation of the City's application, annual report, and permit fee.
Participate and review regional storm-water studies.
Monitor and report hydrologic data including rain, river stage, and groundwater levels in the Bonita Springs area.
Provide surface water system inventory and priority list of recommended improvements for the City's use for its capital improvement plan.
Update flood zone maps in coordination with FEMA. Distribute information and assist development with compliance.
Review requests for vacation of easements and rights of way to ensure important drainage access.
Under this agreement, the City will pay the County the principal annual sum not to exceed $100,332.00 in two equal installments annually for the services each fiscal year through 2024/2025