Water-Related News

Lee County makes $42.4M deal to buy Edison Farms

Lee County and the company that owns Edison Farms, a 3,922-acre parcel in southeast Lee County, have reached a deal that means the property will be preserved as part of the county's Conservation 20/20 program.

The sale price, $42.4 million, is roughly equivalent to what the county put on the table last June. The deal would mean the county would pay the closing costs in the transaction.

Since then, the county and local real estate broker Randy Thibaut of Land Solutions, Inc. have been in negotiation over the purchase. Thibaut's first offer to sell was for $49 million; Lee commissioners countered with a $42 million offer.

Conservationists prized the site for it's role in water management as well as for its importance as an ecological habitat.

Extension of Comment Period for the Definition of "Waters of the United States"

EPA and the Army have extended the comment period by 30 days for the proposed first step of the review of the definition of "waters of the United States" to provide additional time for stakeholders to weigh in.

The comment period, as now extended, will close on September 27, 2017. The proposed rule was signed by the Administrator and Mr. Douglas Lamont, senior official performing the duties of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, and posted to EPA’s website on June 27th and published in the Federal Register on July 27th. When finalized, the proposed rule would replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule with the regulations that were in effect immediately preceding the 2015 rule. The public can submit comments, identified by Docket Id. EPA-HQ-2017-0203, at regulations.gov.

Federal Register Notice
On August 16, 2017, the EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for Water, Michael Shapiro, along with Mr. Douglas Lamont, senior official performing the duties of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, signed the Federal Register notice extending the public comment period, which published on August 22, 2017.

After Irma, slow-moving crisis headed for lake Okeechobee

The winds and outer bands of Hurricane Irma are long gone, but as rainwater drains south through Florida’s rivers and watersheds, the storm still presents a slow-moving crisis headed right for Lake Okeechobee.

The hurricane dumped a lot of rain upstream of the lake--according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne, the two-day total in Ft. Pierce alone was more than 21 inches. As Irma’s rainfall reaches Lake Okeechobee, the increasing water level could cause problems with the aging Herbert Hoover Dike--a 143-mile earthen dam that surrounds the lake, parts of which were built in the late 1940s.

According to Mark Perry, the executive director of the Florida Oceanographic Society in Stuart, the water levels in Lake Okeechobee are already on the rise from Irma’s rains. “We’re going to still see that effect for several weeks going forward,” says Perry.

Nearly $900 million has been spent to reinforce the dike since 2001. That work includes installing a partial cutoff wall along the southeast part of the dike and removal and replacement of water control structures such as culverts. A Lloyds of London analysis shows more than 400,000 residents and their homes and businesses would be at risk if the dike were to fail.

Seawall Failures

The City of Punta Gorda canal system suffered substantial seawall failures as a result of Hurricane Irma. Staff is in the process of inspecting and prioritizing repairs within the entire canal system. However, residents may still report seawall failures by emailing pubworks@pgorda.us or calling Public Works at 941-575-5050. Because we are experiencing high call volumes at this time, please leave a message clearly stating the property address.

Due to the magnitude of damage, the City does not have the necessary manpower or materials to address all of these failures and is actively working on securing a contractor to handle the additional workload. Certain actions must be taken, and federal guidelines followed, to ensure that the City is eligible for FEMA reimbursement.

Once the seawalls has been inventoried and prioritized, the City will post a list and tentative work schedule on our website, www.pgorda.us, as well as distribute this information through all of our other communication outlets. Status updates on repairs will also be posted as work progresses. Please be advised that these emergency seawall repairs will take many months to complete. Your patience is appreciated.

The City will be cutting away panels and ribboning off those areas deemed a risk to public safety. Residents should be vigilant in safeguarding their own properties until repairs can be made. Do not place any materials (concrete filled bags, cinder blocks, sand, tree limbs or any other debris) into depressions. Emergency seawalls repairs will not include restoration of docks, electric, irrigation, landscaping, fences, walkways, davits, concrete pads, etc. or repair of damaged pool structures and cages. The property owner is responsible for everything landward and waterward of the seawall, and a permit may be required for such work. Please contact the Building Division at 941-575-3324 for more information.

The primary cause of these failures can be attributed to water being sucked out of the canal system, while the heavy rains collected behind the seawall unequalizing pressure between the land and water.

SFWMD Working to Lower Water Levels in Areas Most Impacted by Hurricane Irma

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) today continued working to lower water levels and ease flooding in communities throughout all 16 counties of South Florida impacted by Hurricane Irma.

SFWMD crews today began installing three 42-inch temporary pumps previously at the Cocohatchee Weir #1 in Collier County, one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Irma. The pumps will assist in lowering canal levels in the Big Cypress Basin (BCB) where canals are flowing at maximum capacity to move water away from communities and out to tide. In addition to these three pumps being installed, the District has secured two more 42-inch temporary pumps that will be installed near the G-103 structure in Polk County to help lower water levels in Lake Rosalie.

Water levels in the BCB system remain high but are receding due to the District's efforts.

In southern Miami-Dade County, another area heavily impacted by Hurricane Irma, the District has been pumping flood waters into the C-4 Detention Basin for several days. The C-4 Emergency Detention Basin in southern Miami-Dade County, built following Hurricane Irene in 1999 and an unnamed storm in 2000, is a 900-acre impoundment area that is used by the District to provide flood protection for local residents and businesses in the Sweetwater and West Miami areas. Pumping into this impoundment has concluded as canal levels in this area have now receded.

On the Treasure Coast, the District has begun pumping water into the recently-completed Ten Mile Creek Water Preserve Area in northern St. Lucie County. This will help lower water levels in the creek and help mitigate flooding in the area around Ten Mile Creek near the intersection of State Road 70 and Florida's Turnpike west of Fort Pierce.

Across the east coast, most canal levels have receded and water managers expect to be able to resume normal operations by the end of the week.

The Monster Surge That Wasn’t: Why Irma Caused Less Flooding Than Expected

Across coastal Florida, the dreaded storm surge from Hurricane Irma — caused when ferocious winds pile up ocean water and push it onshore — was not as bad as forecast. While some areas were hard hit, notably the Florida Keys and Marco Island, residents of neighborhoods north to Fort Myers, Sarasota and Tampa Bay were expressing relief.

That bit of good fortune was the product of some meteorological luck.

Because a hurricane’s winds blow counterclockwise, the precise path of the storm matters greatly for determining storm surge. Had Irma lingered far enough off Florida’s Gulf Coast, its eastern wall, where the strongest winds occur, could have shoved six to nine feet of water into parts of Fort Myers and Naples, while swamping Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg as well.

At the last minute, Irma unexpectedly veered inland right before it got to Naples, taking its eastern wall safely away from the ocean. That meant that as the storm tracked north over Naples, Fort Myers and Tampa Bay, the winds at the head of the storm were moving west and actually pulling water away from the shoreline. In Tampa, water levels dropped five feet below normal, and bewildered spectators walked out to see beaches sucked dry. In Sarasota, a manatee became stranded.

Damage to Florida’s coral reef has made the state more vulnerable to storm surges

As we begin to piece together the damage from Hurricane Irma in Florida, scientists are pointing to an environmental factor that may have made the storm’s impact worse: the ongoing loss of coral on the state’s increasingly threatened barrier reef.

At 360 miles long, the Florida Reef Tract is the third-largest barrier reef in the world, stretching from the Florida Keys up to Martin County. But as Chris Mooney of The Washington Post reported just a few months ago, the reef is in big trouble — scientists estimate that less than 10 percent of it is covered with living coral, the result of a long history of damage that, most recently, includes warming waters and back-to-back bleaching events in recent years.

Now, scientists say these losses may have weakened the reef’s storm buffer.

Research demonstrates that “if you reduce coral reef health — if you go from that really rough coral reef with lots of live coral to a degraded coral reef with a relatively smooth surface — you have increased run-up in flooding,” said Curt Storlazzi, a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Sewage Spills Add To Misery In Hurricane-Battered Florida

As if loss of air conditioning and refrigeration weren't bad enough, widespread power outages in hurricane-battered Florida are teaming with structural failures to cause another headache: sewage overflows.

Local governments have submitted well over 100 "notices of pollution" to the state Department of Environmental Protection since Hurricane Irma struck, some involving multiple spills and releases of millions of gallons of wastewater in various stages of treatment.

Officials in many cities were still scrambling Thursday to determine how much sewage had escaped, while the state warned people to steer clear of standing water.

"Floodwaters may contain not only bacteria from sanitary sewer overflows but other potential contaminants from agricultural or industrial waste," environmental protection department spokeswoman Dee Ann Miller said.

About 6 million gallons of wastewater was released from a plant on Virginia Key near Miami during a seven-hour power outage overnight Sunday that disabled its pumps — one of seven spills reported by the Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department. The water had gone through most of the treatment process but hadn't been chlorinated, spokeswoman Jennifer Messemer-Skold said.

Officials advised people not to swim at Miami-area beaches until waters could be tested for a variety of pollutants.

Irma's gone, rivers still rising

River flooding is the latest consequence of Hurricane Irma blowing through Florida earlier this week.

The National Weather Service in Ruskin said significant river flooding will continue over the next several days as rain from the storm drains into West Central Florida rivers.

On Tuesday evening, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue issued an urgent warning to people living on the Alafia River floodplain.

"If water is approaching your home, we strongly recommend you evacuate immediately. If you are unable to evacuate safely on your own, call 911 for assistance," they said in a statement.

Many are cresting near or at historic levels, and are risking homes, campgrounds and other locations along the rivers, according to the advisory.

As of Tuesday afternoon, warnings had been extended for the following area rivers until further notice:
· Hillsborough River Near Hillsborough River State Park
· Alafia River at Riverview
· Little Manatee River at Wimauma
· Manatee River near Myakka Head
· Anclote River at Elfers

Flood warnings also continue for the following:
· Withlacoochee at Trilby
· Withlacoochee River at Croom
· Withlacoochee at Holder
· Hillsborough River at Morris Bridge
· Cypress Creek at Worthington Gardens
· Alafia River at Lithia
· Myakka River at Myakka River State Park
· Peace River at Bartow
· Peace River at Arcadia
· Horse Creek near Arcadia

To see the most updated advisories from the Weather Service, visit http://www.weather.gov/tbw/ and select the “Rivers and Lakes” tab.

Estero Bay estuary flushed by heavy rains brings darker than normal water, but fishing is OK

It's difficult to say just how much rain water has washed through Estero Bay in the past week, but one thing is for sure: it was too much.

Upward of 20 inches or more fell in localized spots inside the Estero Bay watershed, a 360-square-mile section of south Lee County that includes tributaries like Hendry and Mullock creeks and the Imperial and Estero rivers.

Some of the dozens of creeks and tributaries flowing into the bay flooded, reportedly at levels not seen here in decades.

"The bay has several creeks that flow into the bay that get really fresh, and Estero Bay during high-flow events gets real fresh," said Rick Bartleson, a water quality scientist at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation on Sanibel. "One of the problems is all this rain we get, most of that rain used to sit in wetlands and sink into the aquifers and then slowly make it’s way out as ground flow or sheet flow to the estuary, which would takes months. Now with the ditches and drainage you have rapid changes in salinity."

Fort Myers-area residents get started on cleanup from tropical system flooding

Ruined pieces of the lives of residents at one Island Park community could be seen strewn outside their homes Sunday as cleanup efforts from last weekend's flood got started in earnest.

The Royal Woods development off Island Park Road in south Fort Myers was one of the hardest-hit communities from rains that fell Friday, Saturday, Sunday and early Monday last week. The rains turned into floodwaters as Ten Mile Canal overflowed its banks.

On Sunday, Small was awaiting adjusters from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to see what could be salvaged, if anything, from her single-story apartment.

Along the side of her home was a 5-foot-tall pile of clothing, shoes, furniture, carpeting, and other belongings. Similar piles dotted the community.

SWFL residents deal with seawall damage expenses after flooding

Recent heavy rain and storms damaged seawalls along the canals of many properties in Southwest Florida and insurance won’t cover the repairs.

Lee County resident George Miller’s seawall is collapsing into the canal and he estimates about $20,000 worth of damages.

“I’m trying to refinance this house to be able to repair this wall,” Miller said.

It’s up to the property owner to install, maintain and repair the seawall, Lee County spokeswoman Betsy Clayton said.

Miller plans on filing a lawsuit against his insurance company after believing he was covered for seawall damages, but attorneys don’t recommend legal action.

“Chances are your policy is not going to get you coverage for a seawall collapse. I would say don’t waste your time,” partner at Wilbur Smith Law Firm David Ciccarello said.

Federal grants may cover damages, but are not guaranteed, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who work alongside the Department of Environmental Protection said.

Residents should get their seawalls checked every couple of years and make small repairs to avoid extreme damage during intense weather.

Fort Myers river basin captures statewide award

The city of Fort Myers has been recognized as a winner in the Florida League of Cities’ Florida Municipal Achievement awards. The city is co-winner of the league’s Environmental Stewardship Award for the downtown river basin. This is the first time that the city has won a “Muni” award from the Florida League of Cities.

The Environmental Stewardship award focuses on city programs that promote conservation, improve and protect environmental condition, and/or provide environmental education and outreach programs within a city. The city earned the award for improvements to environmental water quality, and shares the 2017 honor with the Town of Lauderdale by-the-Sea.

The River Basin is a 1.5-acre water detention/retention area that treats urban stormwater runoff from 15 acres of the city’s downtown. It reduces the total nitrogen load entering the Caloosahatchee River. The basin has sparked economic development including the construction of the upcoming basin-side Luminary Hotel & Co. Additionally, the basin has become a focal point for downtown events, helps to reduce the urban heat island and offers opportunities for community education and passive recreation.

“Most people see the river basin and think it’s just a nice water feature in our downtown area,” explains City Manager Saeed Kazemi. “It actually serves an important environmental purpose. It collects and filters the stormwater from our downtown streets, parking lots and buildings, and the result is healthier water entering the river.”

The basin will also be featured in an upcoming issue of the league’s magazine, Quality Cities.

The league also recognized the Mayor Randy Henderson and Council members Forrest Banks and Teresa Watkins with Home Rule Hero awards. They earned the designation for their efforts to advance the league’s legislative agenda and help protect the home rule powers of Florida’s cities. Home rule is the ability for a city to establish its own form of government and enact its own ordinances, codes, plans and resolutions.

Cape Coral's water woes: From famine to flooding in only four months

It's already been a pretty remarkable year for Cape Coral when it comes to water — too little and now, too much.

Only four short months ago, Cape Coral residents and businesses were dealing with a strict watering schedule as a result of some of the severest drought conditions to hit Southwest Florida in recent years.

Lawns were brown and water levels in canals were at historic lows.

At a Cape Coral council meeting in April there was a discussion about building a pipeline to send treated wastewater from Fort Myers to Cape Coral to help feed millions more gallons of water into its canals and the irrigation water system that uses those hundreds of miles of canals.

Fast forward to the last three days and it has been a far different story for Cape Coral and all of Southwest Florida as a tropical disturbance has dumped as much as 10 inches of water in some locations.

Saturday streets throughout the Cape were looking more like the canals that were reaching historic high water levels. Some residents were kayaking and swimming in their front yards. The lawns that so many homeowners were concerned about back in April were submerged in several inches of water.

SWFWMD to Hold Public Workshop on Ranking Water Bodies

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The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) is seeking public input about the order in which minimum flows and levels (MFLs) for lakes, wetlands, rivers, streams and aquifers in the District will be determined. Legislation requires the District to review and, if necessary, revise the schedule each year.

A public workshop will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Aug. 30 at the District’s Tampa Service Office, located at 7601 U.S. Highway 301.The workshop will provide an important opportunity for local governments, residents and others to be part of the scheduling of minimum flows and levels for priority water bodies.

A minimum flow or level is the limit at which further water withdrawals will cause significant harm to the water resources or environment. The District Governing Board sets these limits as part of achieving the balance between meeting water needs and sustaining Florida’s natural systems.

The adopted Minimum Flows and Levels Priority List and Schedule for 2017 is available on the District’s website here. The draft 2017/2018 list will be published on the site following the Governing Board’s August meeting. The revised schedule will be considered for adoption at the Board’s meeting in October.

Written comments on the draft Priority List and Schedule may be submitted to Doug Leeper, chief environmental scientist, at doug.leeper@watermatters.org or to 2379 Broad Street, Brooksville, Florida, 34604 no later than Oct. 6.

For more information, please contact Doug Leeper at 1-800-423-1476, ext. 4272.

Placida Boat Ramp closing for repairs Sept. 19 – Oct. 13

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Aug. 24, 2017) – The Placida Boat Ramp will be closing Sept. 19 through Oct. 13 for boat ramp repairs and piling replacement on the finger piers. The boat ramp is located at Placida Park, 6499 Boca Grande Causeway in Placida.

During this closure, boaters can use the boat ramps at Bay Heights Park, 1000 S. McCall Road, Englewood or Indian Mounds Park, 210 Winson Avenue, Englewood. Smaller watercraft also may use Ainger Creek Park, 2011 Placida Road, Englewood. To check out our other boat ramps visit www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov and click Parks/Recreation/Aquatics in the Popular Links to find our Fishing, Piers, Boat Ramps link.

For more information on the repairs contact Travis Perdue, project manager, at 941-764-4130 or Travis.Perdue@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.

City of Fort Myers readies sludge dump for full testing

Environmental consultants, media and city of Fort Myers staff gathered on South Street Wednesday for a moment both ordinary and extraordinary – the installation of a new monitoring well on a former city landfill where contaminated lime sludge was dumped over 50 years ago and left there, exposed, as a neighborhood grew around it.

The new well marks a new chapter for the city and the state Department of Environmental Protection as they embark on a more thorough site assessment that some experts say should have been done 10 years ago when unsafe arsenic levels were found.

Monitoring wells exist on contaminated sites in Fort Myers and across Florida to test the surface water and see if the pollution on the site is getting into the groundwater, where most drinking water comes from.

The well installed Wednesday replaces one of six put there by the city under DEP supervision in 2008. Known as “well number one,” it was among the top three testing highest for arsenic, located at the northwest corner of the site.

State bill requests $125 million to help springs, St. Johns River

A bill to increase money for the preservation of North Florida springs and the St. Johns River has been filed by state Sen. Rob Bradley, who is trying to build on funding that is in the current budget.

Senate Bill 204 requests that $75 million from the state’s Land Acquisition Trust Fund be spent annually for the restoration of springs. It also requests that $50 million be given annually to the St. Johns River Water Management District for restoration of the river and its tributaries in the Keystone Heights lake region.

“The St. Johns River and our springs define the character of North Florida,” Bradley said in a news release. “In addition to providing scenic beauty and recreational opportunities to local residents, our river and springs attract visitors from across the state and nation.”

The Land Acquisition Trust Fund is primarily supported by Amendment 1, a referendum approved by Florida voters in 2014. The law sets aside one-third of the tax revenue from real estate transactions to buy land for preservation and for environmental restoration projects.

After its overwhelming passage, the Legislature drew criticism from the public over the way some of the money was being spent, contending some of the appropriations were not consistent with the requirements of the Land Acquisition Trust Fund.

The current budget includes $50 million for springs restoration and $13.3 million for St. Johns River projects, which Bradley worked to get in the budget, the release states.

Scientists monitoring 'big blob' in Gulf waters off Sanibel

• Update: 'Big blob' in Gulf waters off Sanibel likely harmless

A large patch of discolored water is blanketing the south coast of Sanibel Island, and water quality scientists are monitoring the water to see what is causing the big blob.

Some have guessed it could be an algal bloom, while others say it's a group of diatoms or just a giant balloon of extra salty water.

"It does look like a bloom, but a bloom of what," said Rick Bartleson, a water quality scientist with the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. "It just has the right look of a bloom except it doesn't have the right color for trichodesmium."

Trichodesmium is found in tropical waters around the world and blooms when natural nutrients conditions become out of balance.

Algae blooms can cause fish and marine mammal kills, discolor the water and cause the closure of swimming beaches.

Pictures taken by the Calusa Waterkeeper show a large patch of whitish, milky-green waters surrounding the south end of Sanibel Island.

The group first noticed the blob Sunday.

Free youth outdoor program at Port Charlotte Beach Park

CHARLOTTE COUNTY – Come join the Charlotte County Community Services Department for “Wildlife Explorers”, a free outdoor program that encourages environmental exploration. The class will meet every Wednesday 4 to 5 p.m. for 6 six weeks starting Sept. 6 at Port Charlotte Beach Park, 4500 Harbor Blvd. in Port Charlotte.

Boys and girls ages 5 to 10 will explore nature and learn about weather, birds, animals, and the park environment. Connecting children to nature provides benefits including improved overall health, increased concentration and the ability to problem solve and think creatively. Please register no later than Aug. 31 by calling the Port Charlotte Beach Park Recreation Center 941-627-1628. Get up, Get out, Get Active!

FWC: Leave sea turtle hatchlings alone and they will make it to sea just fine

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Help hatchlings home by leaving them alone. That’s what beachgoers should remember if they encounter sea turtle hatchlings emerging from nests and clambering toward the water.

From now through the end of October, sea turtle hatchlings are breaking out of their eggs, digging out of nests and making their way across beaches to begin their lives in the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico. They usually emerge from their nests at night.

“Sea turtle hatchlings are small and appear helpless, so people may make the mistake of thinking they need assistance getting to the water. But you can help hatchlings home by leaving them alone,” said Robbin Trindell, who heads the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) sea turtle management program.

“Sea turtle hatchlings are biologically programmed to look for the brightest horizon and walk toward the water,” said Trindell. “Any interference or disturbance by people, such as getting too close or taking flash photos, increases the chances the hatchlings will get confused, go in the wrong direction and not reach the ocean quickly. That makes them vulnerable to dehydration, exhaustion and predators. Remember, you need a special permit from the FWC to interact with sea turtle hatchlings. Beachgoers should never handle or interact with hatchlings on their own.”

Lakes Regional Park Island restoration project to begin

FORT MYERS ‒ Visitors to Lakes Regional Park will see work beginning in the popular Lee County Parks & Recreation site as Lee County Natural Resources starts its first phase of an island restoration project.

A contractor for the county has installed orange safety fencing along the work site perimeter and will block 150 feet of walkway along the water’s edge. This is to ensure the safety of park visitors and is necessary for the contractor to have a landing zone for hauling away debris as they remove non-native trees from the islands within the park’s lakes. Lakes Regional Park visitors may also observe work crews, cranes and other construction equipment and a barge on the lake during this time.

In Phase 1, work crews will remove invasive exotic trees from the islands south of the park boardwalk. Phase 2 will include excavation of the islands below the lake control elevation to create littoral shelves with native wetland plants, which will absorb nutrients from the water column and create a native habitat. Natural Resources anticipates Phase 2 beginning in January 2018 and continuing through the winter.

The project’s purpose is to reshape and restore islands located south of the existing boardwalk. These islands were created via mining activities during the 1950s and 1960s on the site before it became a park. This project as well as prior Natural Resources projects in the park help with water quality. The park collects urban runoff and is adjacent Hendry Creek, which flows south to Estero Bay and is designated as a state aquatic preserve. For more information about the restoration project, call Lee County Natural Resources at 239-533-8109.

For more information about Lee County Parks & Recreation, locations, amenities and special events, visit www.leeparks.org, call 239-533-7275 or email leeparks@leegov.com.

Dredging around Punta Gorda Isles to take place during September

Beginning the week of August 28, through September 30, 2017 (weather and equipment operation permitting), dredging is scheduled to take place in the Ponce, Bass and Snook Inlets, a portion of Razorfish Lagoon (adjacent to Via Formia) and the Punta Gorda Isles Perimeter Canal (adjacent to Almar Dr.) The contractor will off load dredge material at the easterly end of Elizabeth Park, vacant lot at the southerly end of Colony Point, and the vacant lot at 1458 Surfbird; the material will then be transported to another location by dump truck.

For additional information on this project, please contact Canal Maintenance Supervisor, Cathy Miller, Punta Gorda Public Works Department at (941) 575-5050 between the business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday.

Sign up now for FREE Sediment Control Inspector Course Sept. 18-19

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Florida Stormwater, Erosion and Sedimentation Control Inspector Training and Qualification Certificate Course

Sarasota County, Suncoast Technical College, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection are sponsoring a FREE 2-day program to provide education to contractors, private and public employees who may be involved with inspection and/or maintenance of erosion and sedimentation controls for construction sites throughout Florida.

The Course Manuals will be provided for each attendee to keep. Attendees should remember to bring pens, yellow hi-lighters, and sticky notes. There will be a proctored closed-book exam given on the second day of the class.


Date: Monday and Tuesday, September 18th and 19th, 2017
Time: Day One 8:00 am - 5:00 pm / Day Two 8:00 am–3:00 pm
Location: Suncoast Technical College, 4748 Beneva Road, Bldg. 2 Conference Center, Sarasota, Florida 34233
Registration:    Online via EventBrite.com »

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  • Parking – Free in the designated public parking areas.
  • Lunch will be on your own each day.
  • Final sign-in and registration will be at 8:00 a.m. Class will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. on the first day. Also, on the second day we will begin again at 8:30 a.m.
  • FL Licensed General Contractors will earn 8 hours continuing education units (CEUs)
  • FL Licensed Professional Engineers will earn 8 hours Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • FL Association of Code Enforcement (FACE) officers will earn 12 CEU's
  • FL Licensed Drinking Water and WWTP Operators – 8 hours through DEP

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