DEP Holds Public Meeting for Update on Caloosahatchee Estuary and Everglades West Coast Basin Restoration Plans

Jan.26.2015

FORT MYERS – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is holding a public meeting to discuss updates and progress for the Caloosahatchee Estuary and Everglades West Coast Basin restoration plans.

WHAT:  Annual update to the Caloosahatchee and Everglades West Coast Basin Restoration Plans

 WHEN:  Wednesday, Jan. 28 @ 10 a.m. – noon

 WHERE:  SFWMD Lower West Coast Service Center

                  2301 McGregor Blvd.

                  Fort Myers, FL 33901

“Critical to Florida’s restoration process is engaging local leaders to evaluate — and expedite — progress in the basin,” said Tom Frick, director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. “The department is committed to restoring water quality in Southwest Florida.”  

The Caloosahatchee Estuary and Everglades West Coast Basin suffer from nutrient pollution, or an excess of nutrients in the waterbodies. It has been two years since the adoption of the restoration plans, and this meeting will be used to discuss progress, as well as ongoing and future projects. Department and local government representatives will discuss the progress report for these basins and review activities implemented in the last year of restoration. 

The Caloosahatchee River runs from Lake Okeechobee through a series of locks to San Carlos Bay. It has both fresh water and marine segments. The marine segment is referred to as the Caloosahatchee Estuary or Tidal Caloosahatchee, and this segment is the focus of the restoration plan. The basin encompasses portions of Lee County and Charlotte County, as well as areas within the cities of Cape Coral and Fort Myers.  

The Everglades West Coast Basin restoration plan focuses on two waterbodies in this basin, Hendry Creek and the Imperial River. The Hendry Creek watershed is located in the southwest part of Lee County. The Imperial River watershed is also located in Lee County within the city of Bonita Springs.

For more information on the Caloosahatchee Estuary and Everglades West Coast Basin restoration plans, click here.

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