POOR WATER QUALITY

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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mining

DR/GR dying a slow death

The DR/GR is dying a death by a thousand cuts, as county officials allow a variety of projects and requests to nibble away at the thousands of acres in Southeast Lee County once set aside to reduce overall population density (DR) and protect the aquifers in the area (GR) that supply most of Lee County’s…

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Estero Bay

Estero Bay Endangered

As development continues and stormwater management lags behind, Estero Bay is feeling the pressure of pollution and degraded water quality. A report (LINK) from the Cela Tega conference Jan. 25 documents how local residents and experts are rallying to protect this Outstanding Florida Water, but a commentary (LINK) by John Cassani is a sobering reminder…

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blue green algae

State action needed on toxic algae risk

Blue-green algae is not just bad for the health of our tourist economy — it’s simply bad for our health! This article underscores the risks we face, calls for a quick response from the state Dept. of Health and others to protect the lives of residents and visitors. OpEd originally published in the News-Press on…

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Courthouse

A 10-point plan to improve Lee County

In the thoughtful and concise article below, Charlotte Newton with Women for a Better Lee outlines 10 steps that could be taken today to improve Lee County, citizens’ access to government and our quality of life… so why isn’t the county acting? The News-Press, which published Newton’s article, offered the opportunity for a county response….

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