Stop Deep Water Outfalls from Polluting the Collier County Gulf
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To Naples City Council:
Last August, the Naples City Council voted to explore extending 10 storm water outfalls into deeper water, and Erickson Consulting Engineers was hired for $280,000 of tax payers money. These outfalls are antiquated technology that have no place in an environmental conscience community such as Naples. It has the potential to create a number of diminishing problems for the city of Naples such as polluting numerous nearshore natural reefs, such as the photo above of the live bottom 2 miles off Naples beaches. The possibility of fish kills, algae blooms and bad water clarity will interfere with numerous local businesses.
The Collier County Waterkeeper proposes the following solution, out of many, that will prevent the issues created by having deepwater outfalls.
The City of Naples should instead be looking into how the water can be routed back to the water treatment plant for light filtration and processing, before the less harmful water is then either stored for alternative use or disposed of in a sustainable manner. Currently, the fresh stormwater is being dumped into the Gulf and mixing with saltwater in its enriched state which may prove harmful to the existing natural ecosystem. We should look to Tampa and Cocoa Beach as a prime example of how the water should be routed. We need to start to moving in the direction of getting rid of outfall system all together, instead of extending it. Storm water can't be handled with solely one major change, but rather with many smaller projects which, together, can improve the landscape of storm water management.
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