NBC2 Water Quality Investigation

NBC2 Investigation: Has our water quality improved?

David Hodges, NBC2

By Peter Busch, NBC2

One year after record rainfall and unprecedented releases from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee River, how much has the water quality improved?

Last February, NBC2 tested the water at Lake Okeechobee, Franklin Locks, Punta Rassa and Cape Coral Yacht Club. We found above average levels of phosphorus and nitrogen in the water.

We reached out to every Lee County commissioner to talk about the legislative priorities and whether they support other bills currently proposed in the

Florida Legislature. None of them agreed to talk.

Only Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass wrote back to us. In a statement, he wrote, “I am constantly monitoring water quality and quantity initiatives being
considered by the legislature because water issues are critical to the quality of life here in Lee County. I will continue to support funding and completion of current projects that aim to restore and protect our local waterways and beaches.”