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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, 2020Gov. Ron…

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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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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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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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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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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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A way to better water management?

A plan to include more of Lee County in the Big Cypress Basin water management area could mean more water quality efforts to benefit the southern portion of the county at a lower cost to taxpayers… and could make more sense overall in terms of surface water management. LeeFuture encourages local officials to keep investigating…

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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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