Task force reports that septic tanks contribute to pollution problem

According to the National Environmental Services Center, Lee County has 132,266 Septic Systems, making this an issue of extreme concern.

Originally Published in the
Fort Myers News-Press on Sept. 25, 2019
Written by Chad Gillis

Fixing, replacing and better monitoring septic tank systems is one key to cutting down on the amount of nutrients polluting Florida’s waterways.

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Blue-Green Algae Task Force met for the second day on Wednesday at a Florida Gulf Coast University site in Naples.

Task force members said DEP should be involved in the septic tank permitting process and that the agency should develop a monitoring system to make sure tanks aren’t leaking too many nutrients….

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