Marco Island waterways added to state impairment list after elected official contacts DEP

ARTICLE REFERENCE: Marco Island waterways added to state impairment list

Published 1:43 p.m. ET Aug. 29, 2019 | Updated 8:23 a.m. ET Aug. 30, 2019

The city of Marco Island has been put on notice by the state that its waterways are impaired and in need of a corrective plan after an elected official asked the state to officially acknowledge its water quality issues.

The Department of Environmental Protection submitted its findings in a letter to City Manager Mike McNees last week, indicating the need for the development and adoption of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) to bring nutrient levels back into compliance.

“The department has recently completed its evaluation of available water quality data and has determined that several waterbody segments do not meet nutrient water quality standards,” water quality assessment program administrator Jennifer Espy wrote.

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