Southeast Advanced Water Reclamation Facility (SEAWRF) Project

Project Details

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US EPA's Facts About Nutrient Pollution

Nutrient pollution occurs when there is an excess of nitrogen and phosphorus.

Click here to view the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Facts about Nutrient Pollution information.

Public Outreach

Lee County hosted a Public Meeting for the SEAWRF project on January 31, 2023.  Meeting attendees met project team members, discussed the project and asked questions one-on-one.  Lee County values and seeks community input on the SEAWRF project and attendees were able to provide comments about the project.  Please see the meeting materials listed below. 

Public Outreach

Join us for a Public Meeting on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Open House) at Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myers Airport/FGCU, 16410 Corporate Commerce Way, Fort Myers, FL 33913. Lee County values and seeks community input on the Southeast Advanced Water Reclamation Facility Project. Meeting attendees will be able to meet the project team, ask questions, provide feedback and discuss the project one-on-one.

Click here to view Newsletter 1 – January 2023

Public Meeting #1 Materials

Meeting Location


The schedule for Lee County’s SEAWRF is still being developed and will be shared soon.  Construction is anticipated to start in 2025.

Video of Three Oaks Water Reclamation Facility

Lee County’s SEAWRF will be similar to their Three Oaks Water Reclamation Facility.

The SEAWRF will be designed to operate in a neighbor-friendly way with engineering controls to treat odorous air prior to release. Odor abatement technology, such as scrubbers and activated carbon filters, will be incorporated into the project. Professional licensed operations staff will operate the round-the-clock facility without detection. Lee County does this successfully at its Three Oaks facility and other facilities.

Click here to view a video of the Three Oaks Water Reclamation Facility

Benefits of chosen studies are:

Confirm additional capacity needed; Evaluated options including expansions; Developed a flexible and phased approach to capacity increases.

These studies are also cited in the 2019 presentation File: 07.31.19HEX Reopening Hearing>Final Presentation (pdf version)

12/2010 LCU Integrated Water Resources Master PlanIdentifies 2.38 MGD capacity deficit for Three Oaks WWTP in 2030.

07/30/2015 Three Oaks WWTP Service Area, Options for Future Wastewater Flow Reallocation

Evaluates existing plants, future capacity deficiency and recommends a new plant

10/20/2016 Corkscrew Overlay Area Wastewater Master Planning Report

Evaluation of location at Corkscrew WTP and location east of Alico Rd. on Corkscrew Rd.

05/12/2017 Addendum to Corkscrew Overlay Area Wastewater Master Planning Report

Evaluates a third location, our proposed site 

09/24/2018 Due Diligence Siting Analysis for the Future SEWWTP Corkscrew Overlay

Siting Analysis between Corkscrew WTP Location and our proposed site


Additional beneficial reports but discussion needed:

File: BOCC History> BOCC Actions – regarding land swap between LCU and Conservation 20/20

File: BOCC History> CPA2018-0007_Staff Report – regarding land swap between LCU Conservation 20/20

  • Land was deemed “disturbed” and not fit for conservation
  • Land was used for scrap storage after hurricane

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