Immokalee Drive drainage project moving ahead.

The Immokalee CRA's project to improve stormwater drainage and reduce summer flooding along Immokalee Drive is moving steadily ahead, currently at its 30 percent design phase. 

The $2 million project is the first to be design jointly with the Big Cypress Basin, a subdivision in Collier and Lee counties of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). The district is providing $200,000 of engineering services to the project. The Collier County Commission approved the joint project in February

The project is the second phase of an overall CRA project to improve storm water collection in Immokalee, reduce summer flooding and channel the collected run-off from streets and yards through a series of pipes and collection infrastructure to be filtered naturally and returned to the wetlands south of the community in the Lake Trafford Slough.

The CRA completed in December the first phase of the overall project, a $3.5 million collection system in South Immokalee
Money for much of  the project comes from a U.S. government grant as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Obama. It is part of $6 million flowing into Immokalee over the past three years from state and federal sources.

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