New storm water project will hopefully improve quality of water released to Naples Bay
The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board has authorized $1.5 million for a storm water improvement project benefiting Naples Bay, according to the Environment News Service.
The project will consist of a number of storm water improvements, including pump station upgrades, storm sewer upgrades, swale restoration, creation of a water quality park and control structure upgrades.
“The city of Naples is taking steps to improve storm water quality before it enters Naples Bay,” said Clarence Tears, director of the management district’s Big Cypress Basin Service Center, to the Environment News Service. “The cumulative impacts of each of these incremental projects will greatly benefit our precious coastal communities.”
Due to Naples being located close to sea level and on the coast, as well as ongoing construction and development in the area, some areas of the city are particularly prone to nuisance and damaging flooding and also to a degradation of the quality of surface water bodies.
The goals of the proposed storm water improvements are to prevent flooding through the use of increased retention and detention, and to improve the storm water collection features, while decreasing the quantity and improving the quality of waters released to Naples Bay.