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SWFL water quality issues are not going away

By Staff | Nov 21, 2018

To the editor:

Southwest Florida water quality issues were front and center during the midterm election campaigns and, while election day has passed, those issues are still with us. Since Nov. 6, SWFL news outlets have released 14 reports on the threatening return of red tide and blue green algae. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and South Florida Water Management District have taken steps forward to allow the removal of the Chiquita Lock in Cape Coral and extend the lease of Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir project land to Florida Crystals.

As residents of Southwest Florida, it’s on us to advocate for our environment and the economy that depends on its health. We need to stay informed, go to civic and city council meetings and hear first-hand the proposals and votes. If you have concerns, get involved, sign petitions, and follow the work of local groups like Calusa Waterkeeper, Captains for Clean Water, Audubon Florida and the Everglades Foundation. We have to stay in this fight to save what so many of us hold so dear.

Julie Falconer

St. James City