Johnson Engineering received recognition from the City of Fort Myers for our successful efforts cleaning Carrell Canal for the last 10 consecutive years.
In 2009, the City initiative began as a way 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 to remove debris on a quarterly basis.
We chose to adopt Carrell Canal, the vital waterway that filters through a water basin we designed at the Fort Myers Country Club and then discharges into the Caloosahatchee River. By keeping this portion of the canal clean, it not only helps maintain the beautiful appearance of the Fort Myers Country Club, it allows for our water management system to run more efficiently and helps improve the water quality before discharging into the river.
In 2012, we received a first-place recognition community service award from the City of Fort Myers for our successful efforts in removing the most trash out of the seven other businesses participating in the program. Although originally committing to two years, our employees have continued donating their time for the last 10 years to collect trash and debris from the canal. To date, volunteers have collected an astonishing 426 bags of debris, totaling more than 23,430 gallons of trash from the one mile stretch of canal.
Johnson Engineering was the first company to sign up for the program 10 years ago and is the last remaining company who continues to participate.
We made this commitment because of our deep roots in the community dating back 73 years. The 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 Marina Guirguis at [email protected].