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The City of Fort Myers Adopt-A-Canal Program Still Making an Impact

In 2010, the City of Fort Myers launched their Adopt-A-Canal program. This program was designed as an attempt to decrease the amount of litter that flows through the City’s municipal separate storm sewer system, ultimately affecting the health of the Caloosahatchee River. The City selected 10 canals covering 12 miles of waterways and encouraged local businesses to adopt one canal and remove debris on a quarterly basis.

Johnson Engineering chose to adopt Carrell Canal, the vital water way that discharges directly into the Caloosahatchee River and runs through a water basin we designed at the Fort Myers Country Club. By keeping this portion of the canal clean, it not only helps maintain the pristine appearance of the Fort Myers Country Club, it allows our water management system to run more efficiently and helps to improve the water quality before discharging into the river.

In 2012, Johnson Engineering received a first place Community Service Award from the City of Fort Myers for our successful efforts removing the most trash than any of the seven other entities participating in the program.

Although originally committing to two years, our employees have continued donating their time on a regular basis over the last seven years to collecting trash and debris from the canal. To date, volunteers have collected an astonishing 315 bags of debris, totaling more than 17,325 gallons of trash from the one mile stretch of canal.

We made this commitment because of our deep roots in the community dating back 71 years. Our firm has worked, in one capacity or another, on all of the canals in this program throughout our long history and we want to continue doing our part to help improve the health of our community.

For more information, contact mkt@johnsoneng.com.