POOR WATER QUALITY

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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conservation 2020

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

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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Florida springs

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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water protection

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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