THE MEDIUM: Hurricane Matthew’s largest impact to Southwest Florida: Further water quality stress

THE MEDIUM: October, 2016. Written by Rob Moher.

We are all grateful to have avoided any direct impacts from Hurricane Matthew in Southwest Florida, while at the same time our hearts go out to our fellow east coast residents who did not fare as well, and to the hundreds who have died in the Carribean as a result of the storm. It is for all of us, a tragic reminder of the power of nature and the importance of planning ahead for these events.

Unfortunately, Southwest Florida may yet see some of the worst impact from the Hurricane in our estuaries in the days to come. This storm has dropped enormous amounts of rain on already saturated soils to our north and east, generating runoff that ultimately will wash even more pollution into our waterways. It is also putting strains on an already overloaded water management system.

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