Caloosahatchee Water Storage
The C-43 West Reservoir is a massive above-ground, water storage project that will cover 9,000 acres in western Hendry County. As conceived, the C-43 reservoir will provide some excess wet season water storage capacity when the Caloosahatchee River has too much fresh water. However, its primary function would be to augment flows to the Caloosahatchee Estuary when during the dry seasons, the estuary becomes too saline. In our view, the largest issue with the project is that it lacks an ideal water quality component. When the weather warms, the C-43 reservoir will become an incubator for harmful algal blooms (HABs), more commonly known as blue/green algae. As it currently stands, an in-reservoir injection of alum and sand is the only planned solution, instead of a filter marsh. The C-43 reservoir is still under construction and has experienced several delays and budget overruns.