Originally published by NBC-2 News on November 13, 2020

There is brown water working its way into the Caloosahatchee River.

It’s happening next to two construction sites off West First Street in Downtown Fort Myers.

James Douglass with Florida Gulf Coast University’s Water School said it’s turbidity.

“So what they’re doing at this construction site is exposing bare dirt, which turns into this plume of muddy water that looks like hot chocolate when rainwater washes off the land with no filter,” he said.

The city of Fort Myers said they are aware of the issue and they’ve already let neighbors know.

Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani said he has sent photos of the turbid runoff to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

“It’s just frustrating to see it keep happening over and over again,” Cassani said.

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