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Posted on: July 25, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Area contractors and engineers attend Hydroturf project demonstration at Ford Street Canal

Ford Street Canal

FORT MYERS, FL (July 25, 2019) – The City of Fort Myers hosted area contractors and engineers yesterday to view a recently completed erosion control project at the city’s Ford Street Canal. Net-generation erosion control mat was installed in the spring by the City of Fort Myers to line the entire Ford Street Canal from Edison Avenue along the west bank of the canal to the Franklin Park School entrance, and north to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The canal armoring project was completed in May.

The armoring measures serve three objectives: erosion control, preservation of utilities and protection of the road against failure. The lining, HydroTurf, is an environmentally friendly technology specifically designed to reduce construction and long-term maintenance costs, and has a projected usability of fifty years or more.

City stormwater engineers have been pleased with the results. “Using HydroTurf significantly reduces our maintenance costs,” said Richard Thompson, P.E., Stormwater Resource Manager. “It’s an attractive, longer-term solution to erosion control,” said Thompson.

Materials supplier ACF Environmental, installation contractor Mettauer Environmental and construction manager Wharton-Smith all collaborated with the city on the Ford Street Canal project. For more information, please contact Stephanie Schaffer at 239-321-7157 or

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