June 11, 2015
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will hold a meeting on June 16 to discuss water quality restoration for the Everglades West Coast Basin. Representatives will review current and potential future monitoring efforts and provide updates on ongoing restoration activities.
“Department staff and stakeholders have invested significant time and effort into the restoration of this basin,” said Tom Frick, director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. “We want to keep the lines of communication open as we continue to return these waters to health.”
The Everglades West Coast Basin is impacted by low levels of dissolved oxygen, often linked to an excess of nutrients in the water. Nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous are naturally present in the water and necessary for the healthy growth of plant and animal life; however, an excess of nutrients can lead to water quality problems like rapid growth of algal mats, habitat smothering and oxygen depletion in the water. To combat this imbalance, DEP adopted a five-year restoration plan to reduce nutrients and restore water quality in the basin. The restoration plan is approaching the third year of implementation.
The Everglades West Coast Basin restoration plan focuses on two waterbodies in this basin – Hendry Creek and Imperial River. The Hendry Creek watershed is located in southwest Lee County. The Imperial River watershed is also located in Lee County and within the city of Bonita Springs.
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