WUSF NEWS: Florida's Red Tide Is Back. One of North America's Rarest Bird Species Is Among Its Latest Victims
“These birds are giving us a signal. What they're revealing to us is that the problems that we already know are a problem, are not going away. They're only getting worse.” – Zoologist Ken Meyer, director of the Avian Research and Conservation Institute in Gainesville
Politicians have allowed Big Sugar to commandeer the water for the Everglades. Meanwhile, politicians are considering allowing this to continue in North Florida. Just NO.
Nope. Nope. Hmmm mmmm. No. No. No. No. Hell No! No.
From the collapsing Everglades to toxic blue-green algae blooms, to red tide and brown tide, to high fecal counts in our oceans, Floridians of all stripes are waking up to the man-made causes of these broken systems. But knowledge isn’t meaningful if it doesn’t result in action. Stay awake. This is your home.
Captains For Clean Water started out as a group of fishing guides that “had enough” of Florida’s poor water management practices. They discovered the solution has been delayed for decades because of a lack of political will and public awareness. Now, they work like we work every single day – to save Florida’s waterways and America’s Everglades.
“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?