Originally published in The News-Press by Amy Bennett Williams on November 12, 2020

Once again, two construction sites have dumped polluted stormwater into the Caloosahatchee in downtown Fort Myers.

Barriers around the work sites failed to contain the dirty runoff following Tropical Storm Eta’s multi-day soaking.

State officials are investigating the City Walk and Silver Hills properties said Florida Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Alexandra Kuchta.

“The department has been in contact with representatives for both sites and informed them that immediate corrective actions are necessary to stabilize the sites to cease the offsite discharge of sediment,” Kuchta wrote in an email.

Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani said he’s never seen such chronic rule-breaking.

“It’s pretty predictable now,” he said. “Pretty much every time we get a big rainfall event, it happens.”

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