NEWS PRESS: Experts: Don't give up on on improving our water, solutions in sight

News Press: Written by Laura Ruane. May 11, 2018.

Healthy watersheds aren’t a pipe dream.

Progress is happening. And it ramps-up when Southwest Floridians work together and work with Tallahassee and Washington to get things done.

Those messages floated throughout The News-Press Media Group’s "Save Our Water" summit Friday at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs.

"It’s the most optimistic I’ve been in a long time,” said Eric Eikenberg, CEO of The Everglades Foundation.

“We’re making progress. … We came out of a crisis and didn’t just say ‘aw, shucks.’”

The News-Press held the first summit in September 2016 after record water releases from Lake Okeechobee down the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers that led to algal blooms and other problems.

Roughly 400 people attended Friday’s event, which aimed to further educate folks on water quality and conservation, with the help of authoritative speakers from around the region and the state.

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