POOR WATER QUALITY

Florida waterways

Finding a new way to protect Florida’s waters

An eloquent plea from Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani for communities to push back against the state and push for new protections for our waterways. Originally published by John Cassani Special to The News-Press on Nov. 13, 2020 A new approach is needed for sustaining Florida’s waters The importance and overwhelming support for the “Right To…

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Lake Okeechobee

Putting the brakes on Lake O releases

The recent rainy weather will likely mean more water coming down the Caloosahatchee to ease pressure on the Lake O dike… which is a good time to remind everyone that fixing the Okeechobee problem takes a combination of infrastructure, management and plain old political will. Whether (as these two pieces suggest) you stop the water…

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water quality protections, water

Two views on water quality

ICYMI, two takes on water quality… John Cassani on getting the facts about water issues, and Rep. Francis Rooney on why it’s important that climate be on your mind when you cast your ballot. Published in the News-Press Sept. 29, 2020 Climate is on the ballot in Florida this November Congressman Francis Rooney and Michael…

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Working together against climate change

Find out more about the Southwest Florida Regional Resiliency Compact… then urge local officials to join in this crucial effort. Southwest Florida Regional Resiliency Compact  What is resilience? Resilience is the capacity for dynamic systems to anticipate, plan for, and protect against stressors and shocks. In a changing climate, these stressors and shocks can include water…

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Another day, another lime-rock mine

On Sept. 16, Lee County Commissioners approved unanimously an application by representatives for Bell Mine, presently a dirt mine on S.R. 82, to become a lime rock mine with blasting and much deeper mining. They voted to approve DESPITE their own county staff recommending that the application be denied and DESPITE prior decisions by the…

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water quality protections, water

Your chance to comment on state’s Clean Water Act request

The State of Florida is seeking to take over authority to regulate dredge-and-fill projects from  US EPA, and the chance for public comment is now open. Since the state has tried to do this before, and the Legislature approved FDEP’s efforts again this time, it may be a done deal… but if you want to…

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algae bloom, cape coral

The costs and cures for algae

Two updates on blue-green algae… how much pollution costs the state of Florida (a seriously undercounted tally that cries for official investigation), and how a algal bloom in Cape Coral canals is providing researchers with a back-yard laboratory. Jump to News-Press article Jump to Miami New Times article Published by the News-Press on Sept. 6…

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water

Keeping tabs on the river

While this article indicates the Caloosahatchee is holding its own against algae, you can find out more about the South Florida Water Management District’s plans for Lake O at the following  online meetings: Online Public Meetings As part of its response to COVID-19, SFWMD will be holding public meetings online only using Zoom. You will…

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toll roads

Don’t sacrifice ecology to boost economy

SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) and Conservancy of Southwest Florida leaders make the case that “going backwards is not an attractive option. Protecting nature is protecting our economy, our quality of life, and our health.” OpEd Originally published by Gannet Newspapers on May 10, 2020 Ryan Orgera and Rob Moher Guest Opinion As we restart our…

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Troubled Waters

“Troubled Waters” debut

From our partners at SCCF (Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation) Originally published in the April 2020 newsletter of Calusa Waterkeepers Highly-requested online viewings of TROUBLED WATERS are now available for your stay-at-home viewing pleasure! Calusa Waterkeeper has brought forward the online release of TROUBLED WATERS from its planned June release. The world’s leading experts – Dr….

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