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Fort Myers to Host C-43 Reservoir Water Quality Summit

The construction site of the Caloosahatchee River (C-43) West Basin Storage Reservoir in Hendry County
The construction site of the Caloosahatchee River (C-43) West Basin Storage Reservoir in Hendry County

Once it’s completed, the massive Caloosahatchee River West Basin Storage, or C-43 reservoir, near Alva will hold about 55 billion gallons of water captured from the river and local runoff. The idea is to both reduce the amount of water released from Lake Okeechobee that makes it to the estuary during the wet season and to store water to be released during dry season to help maintain ideal salinity in the estuary. But, there is no formal plan for a water quality element to ensure the water it holds is clean enough to be released.


There’s going to be a Water Quality Summit exploring ways to keep water in it clean this Wednesday in Fort Myers. Joining Gulf Coast Live is Jennifer Hecker, the executive director of the Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership; Phil Flood,  a regional representative for the South Florida Water Management District; and Dr. Bob Knight, the principal scientist at the environmental consulting firm Wetland Solutions in Gainesville.

Caloosahatchee River (C-43) West Basin Storage Reservoir: Protecting a Vital Estuary from SFWMD on Vimeo.

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RachelIacovoneis a reporter and associate producer ofGulf Coast LiveforWGCU News. Rachel came toWGCU as an intern in 2016, during the presidential race. She went on to cover Florida Gulf Coast University students at President Donald Trump's inauguration on Capitol Hill and Southwest Floridians in attendance at the following day's Women's March on Washington.
Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University.