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BOCC votes to expand bacteria testing in area waterways

By Staff | Nov 14, 2019

The Lee Board of County Commissioners voted on Nov. 5 to approve a project with Florida Atlantic University to provide enhanced bacterial testing and analysis of various Lee County waterways.

The testing and analysis will provide a strong understanding of potential sources of human waste bacteria in surface waters in several areas, countywide, with known septic tank coverage. The study will take approximately 18 months to complete.

County staff will negotiate the final scope and agreement with FAU.

It will be an extension of similar work FAU is currently conducting in the North Fort Myers area of the Caloosahatchee Estuary. Lee County first contracted with FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in 2017 and in June the board approved another year of research. Based on the first year results of the study, the board has expanded it to include other waterways in Lee County.