BOCC approves funding agreement for water data collection
Recently, the Lee Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a joint funding agreement with the U.S. Geological Survey for the collection of water quality and flow data at 12 locations throughout Lee County for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.
Lee County will contribute $138,753 to the cost of the cooperative data collection program. The U.S. Geological Survey provides $56,467 and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection provides $57,400. Lee County has had a joint funding agreement with U.S. Geological Survey since 1973.
The program includes reading of continuous stage recorders and groundwater levels in watersheds including Briarcliff Ditch, Gator Slough, Imperial River, Orange River, Spring Creek, Estero River, Six Mile Cypress Creek, Popash Creek, Telegraph Creek, Ten Mile Canal and Whiskey Creek.
The data obtained is used to:
– Properly calibrate computer models developed as part of the Lee County Surface Water Management Master Plan
– Provide real-time hydrological information to assist in flood/storm response
– Document pollutant load reductions in fulfillment of Total Maximum Daily Load requirements
For more information, visit www.leegov.com/naturalresources/WaterQuality.