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Lee County approves Powell Creek water quality project

Commissioners approve contract for water-quality project for Powell Creek and the Caloosahatchee basin

FORT MYERS – The Lee Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve a contract to construct a project to reduce the levels of nitrogen and phosphorous from the Powell Creek watershed in North Fort Myers. Powell Creek is a tributary of the Caloosahatchee River.

To lower pollutants, the Caloosahatchee estuary has a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) designation for Total Nitrogen and an adopted State of Florida Basin Management Action Plan.

The project will provide water-quality improvements to the Powell Creek bypass canal prior to discharging to the Caloosahatchee River through the construction of a filter marsh created by Thomas Marine Construction, Inc. The project will be funded with a $774,000 grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and $215,893 from Lee County’s general fund.

Construction is expected to be completed before autumn.

Commissioners spend millions of dollars annually on projects to reduce pollutants in the estuary. To learn more about Lee County’s water quality initiatives, visit www.leegov.com/water.