POOR WATER QUALITY

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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water quality protections, water

Please, Gov. DeSantis, no victory lap

As this op-ed by Howard Simon, makes clear, when it comes to the new “Clean Waterways Act” comprehensive does not mean effective. OpEd Originally published in the News-Press on April 2, 2020 Guest opinion: Please Gov. DeSantis, no victory lap https://www.news-press.com/story/news/2020/04/02/florida-clean-waterways-act-impact-environment-governor-ron-desantis/5085895002/  Howard L. Simon, Special to The News-Press Published 8:00 a.m. ET April 2, 2020 Gov….

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lime rock mine

Fight over DR/GR mining rules continues

As this good overview of the issue (and the reason for the DR/GR) reminds us, the county’s efforts to open up the DR/GR lands to more mining still faces legal challenges, and Lee Future hopes this suit will overturn the county’s move to eliminate crucial protections to this essential resource area. Expanded limerock mining and…

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water

Caloosa Palooza Concert for Clean Water March 22

Lee Future places a high priority on water issues in Florida. Calusa Palooza is holding a full day event and fund-raiser concert on March 22, 2020 at Centennial Park, Fort Myers. In addition, they are planning the largest ever clean-up of the region’s waterways in the week leading up to Calusa Palooza, starting on Saturday,…

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mangrove sunset

Natural coastal protection of mangrove fringe getting squeezed by sea level rise, development

Florida’s first defense against an encroaching and eroding sea are the protected coastal mangrove forests. But laws can’t protect these plants from sea-level rise, a new threat to Lee County’s many miles of coastline. Originally published by Karl Schneider in the Naples Daily News on Feb. 14, 2020 Sea-level rise and onshore development are killing…

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