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Blue-green Algae in our Waters is a Disaster

…And it’s Caused More by Humans than by Nature The battle over water quality and public health returns to the Florida legislature. After last year’s devastating outbreak of blue-green algae and red tide, it seemed every politician vowed to “do something.” Now Florida lawmakers have the chance to demonstrate their commitment with solid action. Lee…

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Editorial boards urge DeSantis to turn words into action on environmental protection promises

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis won some early (and unexpected) plaudits shortly after taking office for making a number of statements in support of Florida environment. This reversal of eight years (and more) of rolling back environmental protection statewide and ignoring the devastating results from this laxity in polluted waters, dying sealife and endangered residents and…

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Lake Algae

“Saving Paradise: It’s Up to Us!” Community Forum

Sponsored by : November 9, 2019, 9:30 am – 11:30 amEstero Recreation Center9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd, Estero CHRISTIN COLLINS TO KEYNOTE COMMUNITY FORUM Christin Collins, community advocate and national speaker, will keynote the first public forum sponsored by Women For a Better Lee and Lee Future, two new citizen organizations working for change in Lee…

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Protecting Florida’s Waters

This editorial by former Florida Governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham,and Seminole County Commissioner Lee Constantine highlight the Florida Conservation Coalition’s water policy initiatives for Florida.  Lee Future believes all these points apply to Lee County’s problems and lack of proactive programs. Article was originally published in theOrlando Sentinel on March 1, 2019 Protecting and…

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Septic System

Task force reports that septic tanks contribute to pollution problem

According to the National Environmental Services Center, Lee County has 132,266 Septic Systems, making this an issue of extreme concern. Fixing, replacing and better monitoring septic tank systems is one key to cutting down on the amount of nutrients polluting Florida’s waterways. The Department of Environmental Protection’s Blue-Green Algae Task Force met for the second…

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Water Quality Protections to Help Southwest Florida

In a recent News-Press op-ed, Rob Moher, the CEO of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, added to the USA Today 5-Part playbook “Turning the Toxic Tide.” Moher outlines five more water quality protections that could help Southwest Florida. Each of these is meant to protect our region’s economy, environment, and quality of life – from…

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Challenging Florida to Put Public Health at the Heart of Environmental Policy

The editorial boards of all six USA TODAY Network-Florida news organizations have issued a challenge to our state’s elected leaders: put public health at the heart of environmental policy. At Lee Future, we feel this is directly in line with our mission to improve quality of life for Lee County residents. We support and join…

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Local Ecologists Urge County Commissioners to Do More for Water Quality

Though water quality issues are nothing new in Southwest Florida, they have been top of mind for Lee County residents in the last year. Images of dead dolphins and manatees washed up on beaches are not easily forgotten. Members of the community are calling on County Commissioners to do more to keep our waters safe…

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Turning the Toxic Tide: Our 5-Part Playbook for Saving Florida’s Waters

One of the most immediate crises facing Lee County and much of Florida is poor water quality, putting the economic and environmental future of Lee County at risk. Lee Future is fighting to address these problems so that residents can enjoy a sustainable future. How can we reverse the crippling damage caused by blue-green algae…

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