In February/March of 2009, Jon Iglehart of FDEP told me that the flushing of the North Cape Coral canals into Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve, without the North Spreader Barrier, would elevate [intentionally] the pollution/nutrient levels of the North Spreader Canal and the Aquatic Preserve to be used as baseline data for the new numeric content controls (Ft Myers News-Press, Feb 20, p. B1).
Removal of the North Spreader Stormwater Canal Barrier allowed the daily violation of the then current MS4 and violated the Clean Water Act. It allowed the contaminated flushing and “dumping” into the federally and state protected Aquatic Preserve.
Note Lee County Natural Resources Staff submitted Dec 2010
a revised MS4 eliminating the requirement of THE primary stormwater
treatment structure--the North Spreader Barrier/Boat Lift, that stops freeflow of Northwest Cape untreated stormwater
into the estuarine waters of Matlacha Pass Aquatic
There were no bathymetric, volumetric, biological,
geological or chemical studies done in Matlacha Pass
Aquatic Preserve prior to the removal of the Barrier or following. (Janicki's Box Models were simulations done in a lab and did
not include the mangrove fringe and impact waters of the Preserve. The nearest
data point, off Mound Key in north
RE: Lee County - ERP File No. 36-0295854-002 City of Cape Coral Plan for Water Quality lmprovements Effecting the North Spreader Canal and Matlacha Pass July 27,2011
http://www.nwcape.com/file%20no.%2036-0295854-002%20-%20city%20of%20cape%20coral%20plan%20for%20water%20quality%20improvements.pdf ...the City of Cape Coral is hereby providing the attached City of Cape Coral Plan for Water Quality lmprovements Effecting the North Spreader Canal and Matlacha Pass PROJECTS TO BE IMPLEMENTED BY THE CITY OF CAPE CORAL 1 Cape Coral Fertilizer Ordinance N/A 2 Condition Based Timing for Development of Public Sewer Systems assessments 3 Storm Water Treatment Improvement $3,684,480 4 Revise the Cape Coral Seawall Engineering Design $10,000 5 Cape Coral Coordination to Improve Flows N/A 6 Septic System Inspection & Maintenance Program Development Study $50,000 7 Water Quality Monitoring $10,000 8 Maintain the Cape Coral Canal Dredging Profile N/A 9 Implement Boating Related Enhancements $118,000 TOTAL COSTS LESS SEWERS almost $4 million Conceptual cost (as of 2010) to sewer all sections of Cape Coral north of Pine Island Rd = $480,000,000 ANTICIPATED NSEMA ESCROW FUNDS AVAILABLE $3,000,000 (questionable) This figure is likely not currently accurate--the $1.5 million added to the fund by Lee County would probably not be available to the City. Those monies were to be used to fund the result of the decision of the NSEMA process, the overwhelming consensus of which voted for Replacing the North Spreader Barrier as the BEST option to protect the Aquatic Preserve. Cape Coral Council mtg
9/13/2010, Oliver Clarke: PAGE 461, September 13, 2010. An additional $60 million if another treatment plant needed; “would probably need another 50-70 ASR wells”. Cost of an ASR well?..."each ASR well costs approximately 2 million” (50-70 ASR wells @ $2 million/well = additional $100 million - $140 million) It will cost Cape Coral HALF A BILLION DOLLARS or more as an alternative to replacing the North Spreader Barrier/Boat Lift. The Barrier/Boat Lift was decided by the NSEMA as a better protection for Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve....and the funds to replace the Barrier are already in escrow... In addition, the increased saltwater flow into the canals, due to the removal of the Barrier, may cause additional City problems due to saltwater intrusion into wells. Northwest Cape
The Court ordered the initial mandate of the construction
of a Barrier/Boat Lift at the south end of the
“This aquatic preserve is the essence of the southwest
Bob Janes, Lee County Commissioner
To FDEP, will you work collaboratively with the city of
Nancy A. Hindenach, B.S., M.S.
Interdepartmental Biological Sciences