“Could we actually be moving toward progress with clean water in Florida? It sure feels like it. Something is very different."
"We have a governor who gets it. We have a congressman who fights for clean water. We have an Army Corps leader who listens to us now. We have a governing board at the South Florida Water Management District that isn't satisfied with the status quo. We have state legislators who understand our issue. There is real cooperation and productive dialogue occurring.” – Ed Killer, TCPalm
This is brilliant (thank you, Ed Killer) and something all Floridians need to understand.
“The record heat is becoming a trend. Global warming, climate change, a natural cycle of our planet's weather — call it what you want — it's just plain hot and getting hotter every year.”
Though not directly related to the Everglades – where agricultural runoff is the primary source of pollution – we agree with this OpEd.
For waterways throughout Florida, existing systems for the disposal of human waste, along with failing sewer systems, is the biggest threat we face. Loathe to anger ratepayers, too many local politicians have allowed water and sewer systems to degrade, and in too many instances, fail.
Match meant-to-be: Local nonprofit fighting water crisis moves into new building in downtown Fort Myers
We were in Ft. Myers this week to celebrate one of our partners, Captains For Clean Water, opening their new offices with help from the Community Foundation. Not as cool as their regular office - out on the water - but this place is definitely special. Pay a visit if you're in town.
Cleaning up agricultural basin runoff is a good thing, for sure. But a better plan moving forward will be to prevent the polluted runoff from making its way into State waters to begin with. The Governor is pushing for reform and regulations. Will the Legislature support him, or will powerful interests win again?
Nothing will survive if Big Sugar calls the shots for our water in what has for decades been a “Heads they win – Tails we lose” arrangement. Everglades restoration is all about balance. We're just beginning to see what balance looks like and it's refreshing.
More people need to understand the ecosystems that sustain them. Not just for frolicking, peaceful contemplation or adventure, the invaluable Everglades are the source of drinking water for South Florida, stave off the effects of rising seas and sequester carbon better than anything else in Florida. So we save and protect them at all cost.
Clean freshwater must flow south through the River of Grass. Governor DeSantis ran for office on the promise to make this his top priority. He’s kept that promise, and then some. The plan is to have shovels in the ground this year. Stay tuned.
Another piece of the restoration puzzle, the Caloosahatchee reservoir should be online in 2023. The last administration had no plans for treatment of the agricultural pollution. This Governor does. So, all the ag basin runoff will be cleansed before it is released into the river. Smart.