CAPE CORAL – On Tuesday, April 19, the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP), in coordination with Lee County and the City of Cape Coral,
will conduct a dye study of local waters in Cape Coral. Dye will be released the
morning of April 19 downstream of the Gator Slough Weir at Burnt Store Road. The
dye will be transported with currents on an outgoing tide and will be tracked by
DEP staff stationed throughout the North Spreader Canals.
Residents are advised that canals within the North Spreader system west of
Burnt Store Road and northern Matlacha Pass may appear discolored during the day
of testing. The dye will become diluted within several hours and is expected to
be unnoticeable by the end of the day. Dye should not persist longer than 24
The dye poses no risk to human health or the environment. This is not a
biological algae bloom.
The objective of the dye study is to assess hydrologic conditions within the
North Spreader Canal system. The movement of dyed water will provide scientists
and resources managers with information on how water flows within the North
Spreader Canal system. “This effort will test scientific modeling efforts in the
area that will provide information for water quality improvements,” said Jon
Iglehart, Director of District Management for DEP’s South District.
For questions or concerns about this study effort, please call the DEP South
District Office at (239) 344-5600.