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Army Corps Colonel to hold public meeting in Fort Myers

By Staff | May 5, 2010

Colonel Alfred A. Pantano, Jr., Commander of the Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will be in Fort Myers next Tuesday, May 11.

Col. Pantano will be making a presentation to the Board of County Commissioners in the Commission Chambers at 2120 Main Street on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., and he will also hold a public meeting that evening at 5 p.m.

Come and meet the Colonel, learn more about the releases from Lake Okeechobee and bring your questions.

High rainfall levels combined with releases from Lake Okeechobee are pushing freshwater in the Caloosahatchee all the way out to Shell Point and eliminating the critical estuary mixing zone in the river. This will negatively impact seagrasses, oysters, scallops, fish and crabs.

Releases from the lake to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers are managed by the Corps and by the South Florida Water Management District, and the Corps and District are partners in Everglades restoration. The Corps is also currently repairing the Herbert Hoover Dike which surrounds the lake.

Source: SCCF