22-1: Comprehensive Watershed Improvement Program - Monitoring and Master Plan
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 3: Spill Impact Component
Monitoring and Observations
Lakes and/or Rivers
The Gulf Consortium, in collaboration with Collier County, is requesting funding for the monitoring program for SEP project 22-1: Comprehensive Watershed Improvement Program. This project, once designed and built, will be a series of linked surface water management projects on approximately 10,000 acres of eastern Collier County, Florida with the objectives of restoring the hydrology and ecology of both Naples Bay and Rookery Bay, as well as the hydrologic restoration of the southern Belle Meade area of the Picayune Strand State Forest (PSSF). The goal is to divert water from entering Naples Bay, which is impacted by a freshwater surplus during wet season, by creating a flow-way from the Golden Gate Canal structure through the PSSF to Rookery Bay, which has a freshwater deficit. Collier County is proposing a monitoring program for the Comprehensive Watershed Improvement Program to determine the progress and success of the hydrologic restoration and to monitor water quality of flows entering Naples and Rookery Bays. This portion of the project also includes a conceptual analysis for the North Belle Meade area of the Collier County Comprehensive Watershed Improvement Plan (CCCWIP) for potential ecological restoration and re-hydration options.