Shortly after the adoption of the 2018 Stormwater Master Plan, an update to the Stormwater Lakes Management Plan was initiated with the following goals:
- Review existing stormwater lake assessment data;
- Update the stormwater lakes water and sediment quality database;
- Incorporate input from adjacent property owners regarding the health and status of the lakes;
- Re-prioritize lake restoration need based on lake impairments and impacts to downstream waterbodies;
- Provide updated recommendations, best management practices, and funding strategies.
Concurrently, questions and concerns pertaining to Spring Lake (Lake #11) were addressed. Spring Lake is a 4.9-acre stormwater detention pond located near the center of the City.
Spring Lake was identified in the 2012 Lake Management Plan as a high priority pollutant loading lake; however, the lake does not have clear ownership.
While the City maintains historical rights to send stormwater from upland areas to the lake and by way of the public stormsewer system, ownership of the land underlying the water of the lake lies with some other person(s), heir(s), or other entity. Over time, vast quantities of stormwater have flowed through the land, forming the lake, and depositing pollutants.
Goals of the Spring Lake Restoration Assessment were: 1 Delineate the watershed for Spring Lake; 2. Define all properties within the watershed and their individual drainage contribution to Spring Lake; 3. Provides recommendations for restoration approaches and the logistics for a dredge project; 4. Evaluate the options available to the City for developing a revenue source for a restoration project and possibly ongoing maintenance.
Construction of the Naples Bay Restoration and Water Quality Improvements Project at the Cove kicked off in May of 2019 with completion at the end of October 2019. The goal of the project was to remove approximately 1,000 tons of material in Naples Bay just downstream of the Cove Stormwater Pump Station that has accumulated over decades.
After removal of the material, the channel was armored with various layers of rip-rap and a “Living Shoreline” was created on the south side of the Cove consisting of oyster bags and spartina plantings. The sidewalk along the seawall was improved with landscaping, irrigation, benches, trash receptacles, and 2 educational signs. This project received the Envision® Silver Award for sustainable infrastructure from The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). The project delivers a heightened range of environmental, social, and economic benefits to Naples and surrounding communities
Construction of the 2019 Basin V Stormwater Improvement project began in July 2019 and will continue through December 2019. The goal of this project is to improve the stormwater system along 8th Terrace North in the Lake Park Neighborhood where several houses have experienced major flooding in recent years. Several new stormwater pipe segments were added on 8th Terrace N and Forest Avenue which flow into the stormwater pond known locally as Willow Lake. The existing pipe network into and out of the lake are also being replaced with larger pipes as part of this project. Additional water quality improvements include over 2,000 linear feet of reclaimed swales.