The Big Cypress Basin is one of two major watershed basins within the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) 16-county region.  The Basin covers Collier County and a part of Lee and Monroe counties.

The Big Cypress Basin operates a network of 162 miles of primary canals, 46 water control structures and four pumps to provide flood control during the wet season and to protect the water supplies and environmental resources from over drainage of fresh water during the dry season.

Village Attorney Burt Saunders suggested that perhaps the SFWMD and/or state legislature would approve shifting approximately $4 million in funding to the Big Cypress Basin to deal with flooding issues recently experienced in south Lee County, including Estero and Bonita Springs.

Council appointed Mayor Jim Boesch as Liaison for this project. Boesch suggested that a joint meeting be scheduled with the Bonita Springs City Council to discuss this issue.

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