ABC 7: State ignores SWFL mayors, increases flow from Lake O

ABC 7 News: Written by Jaclyn Bevis. September 18, 2018.

Local leaders from Southwest Florida are teaming up to demand more be done to take care of the health and water quality in the Caloosahatchee River.

Mayors from Sanibel, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Cape Coral, and Bonita Springs all joining in to oppose the recent decision from South Florida Water Management District that increases minimum flows in the estuary to 400 cubic-feet-per-second, up from 300.

"Every scientific person would indicate that we need at least 650 [cubic-feet-per-second]," Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane said. In early 2018, letters to the US Army Corps of Engineers, SFWMD, and the DEP from the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation as well as other Southwest Florida city and county scientists include requests for as much as 1,000 CFS of water to help improve the environment of the estuary and avoid the Caloosahatchee hitting minimum flow level violations.

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