America’s Everglades are one of the most important ecosystems on the planet. Its wetlands grandeur is unsurpassed. Carved out at the southern tip, "Everglades National Park is a must-visit spot. Boasting more than 2,300 square miles of subtropical wilderness and wildlife, here’s how to do the Everglades like a pro."
They have known the dangerous consequences of the pre-harvest burns for decades, but as they do with everything they touch – our Everglades, our health and our political system – Big Sugar and their henchmen have written the scripts and have gotten away with far too much. Until now.
Two newspapers in Southwest Florida are hosting their 3rd Annual Water Summit in Ft. Myers. Governor DeSantis spends some time explaining what's happening right now and next steps to the 600 people in the room, but for all Floridians.
“There is not a singular cause of our water quality issues. Some factors are within control, some are uncontrollable, and some are consequential. Combined, they all impact our water quality. The better you understand this relational concept, the better-suited you are to form your own opinions and perspectives on future issues.” - Captains For Clean Water
DEP is working on regulations for the disposal of partially treated human waste, known as biosolids, on farms and ranches throughout Florida. Along with reasonable regulations on farming practices and public utilities disposing human waste in atrocious ways, including injecting it into the aquifers, Floridians could see dramatic improvements.
“The introduction of sugar slavery to the New World changed everything. The true Age of Sugar had begun — and it was doing more to reshape the world than any ruler, empire or war had ever done.”
Floridians deserve to understand in its entirety a crop and a mindset that is killing the Everglades.
NEWS-PRESS: Before and after images show devastation, recovery from toxic algae in Southwest Florida
On the left, waterways in 2018 enduring a pummeling of toxic, cyanobacteria-laden discharges from Lake Okeechobee.
On the right, waterways in 2019 with no toxic discharges. Any questions?
It's a little windy where Daniel and Chris, founders of Captains For Clean Water, are speaking to us from in Ft. Myers, but their update is spot on. If you have a few minutes today, you should take a listen.
We 💛 the Captains!
Must Watch Video: A Wilmington, NC, couple lost three dogs last week hours after playing in a pond contaminated with the algae, drawing national attention to the dangers the bacteria pose to pets.
“It is the most horrific death that you could ever experience. Our dogs did not die peacefully. That water was completely clear.”
“With a goal of preventing pollution in general and blue-green algae blooms in particular, SFWMD is proposing a dramatic expansion in its water quality monitoring in Lake Okeechobee, Lake O's watershed and the St. Lucie River and Caloosahatchee River watersheds.”
Grownups are in charge again. It's about time.