Published: Sep 24, 2010 7:11 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 24, 2010 4:09 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla – On Monday, September 27, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, in coordination with Lee County and Cape Coral, will conduct a second dye test of local waters in Cape Coral to test the validity of modeling efforts for the Cape’s Environmental Management Agreement project.

Residents are advised that several streams of water in the Matlacha Pass area may appear discolored as the dye is released into the water on the day of testing. The dye is not harmful to humans or to the environment. 

“This effort is one of a series of tests that will allow DEP to implement water quality improvement projects,” said Jon Iglehart, Director of DEP’s South District. 

The dye will be released from the old Ceitus Boat Lift site. The dye will flow with the currents and will be tracked by DEP to confirm the area flow patterns.

Wherever the dye flows, the water will have a clear colored tint to it. After a few hours the dye will become diluted and unnoticeable.

The dye test will help validate flow patterns with the North Spreader Canal system and ultimately determine where the freshwater following over the weirs is going, allowing scientists to make informed decisions.

For questions or concerns about this study effort, please call the DEP office at (239) 332-6975.