State Surface Water Quality Compliance
Pennoni serves as District Engineer for the County Line Drainage District, a 3,625-acre agricultural area in Lee County that utilizes collected stormwater for irrigating its citrus groves. The CLDD’s existing excess rainfall discharges water to the Caloosahatchee River. The impacts to the Caloosahatchee River are unknown and surface water discharge limits have yet to be calculated. It is anticipated that land owners will be required to either implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) or monitor water quality at their own expense to determine if they meet water quality standards currently in development. Pennoni is assisting the CLDD in developing a plan for ongoing surface water flow monitoring and water quality testing and evaluation to develop a compliance strategy.