Immokalee CRA and the Immokalee MSTU partnered with Collier County Growth Management Stormwater Department to fund Corrective Action Projects in Immokalee totaling $95,000. The Immokalee Stormwater Master Plan is being completed by the Collier County Stormwater Department and will provide a comprehensive approach to improving stormwater in the community. In January 2018, to facilitate immediate needs, the Immokalee CRA and MSTU partnered with the Stormwater Department to share the cost of four Corrective Action Projects within the Immokalee area. Growth Management Department covered half the cost and the CRA & MSTU split the remaining cost.
This project included both minor improvements to culverts and swales along North Ninth Street and Lake Trafford Memorial Gardens and design, permitting and construction review for new pipe and swales for Eden Gardens and North Third St. areas. Future funding will need to be allocated to complete the construction of these two projects.
Immokalee CRA collaborated with Collier County Growth Management Stormwater Department to apply for $1,200,000 of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recover (CDBG-DR) funds to improve identified flood risk areas in Immokalee. In January 2020, DEO notified Collier County of Notice of Intent to Award – Irma Infrastructure funds in the amount up to $591,374.
The North 3rd Street Drainage proposed project is located on North 3rd Street between 2nd Avenue and Roberts Avenue West. The project would include roadside swales, installation of inlets on 3rd Street, construction of a storm drainpipe system to alleviate ponding and allow conveyance southward to the storm drain system on West Main Street. Cost for repairs is estimated at $600,000.
The Eden Garden Bypass Drainage Improvement proposed project is located is the area south of Westclox St., east of Boxwood Dr., west of Carson Rd., and generally north and northeast of Eden Gardens. The project would construct a new ditch along the northern boundary of Eden Gardens, install a 24” pipe under Boxwood Dr. to tie into the existing ditch along the northwest boundary of Eden Gardens to convey flows further west. Cost for repairs is estimated at $600,000. In January 2020, DEO notified Collier County of Notice of Intent to Award – Irma Infrastructure funds in the amount up to $591,374.
The original Immokalee Stormwater Master Plan (ISWMP) was prepared by H.W. Lochner (2005). Camp Dresser & McKee (CDM) was contracted in 2010 to prepare construction plans for the Downtown Immokalee and Immokalee Drive projects plus update the ISWMP. A draft update document was prepared but not finalized. On November 28, 2018 county staff presented the follow-up analysis.