The widespread human disaster brought about by Hurricane Irma has left behind a legacy of environmental destruction that will affect our way of life for months if not years to come. Sadly, this legacy was set into motion decades before Irma’s passage. If we don’t act now to correct years of water mismanagement, the health of Florida’s estuaries and the industries they support may never fully recover. While there’s no overnight fix to these complicated water issues, the storage, filtration, and movement of water south of Lake Okeechobee as provided by Senate Bill 10 – and called for in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan – will reduce devastating discharges to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers, recharge water-starved Florida Bay, and improve safety for communities around the lake. The uncertainty leading up to Irma’s arrival underscores the importance of a timely implementation of the projects supported by SB10. We just can’t afford to wait any longer to act.
-Zack Jud, Ph.D
Florida Oceanographic Society
Captains for Clean Water is working hard to hold the government accountable for the promises made to all Floridians in Senate Bill 10. We can’t allow bureaucracy to stand in the way of clean water which so many businesses and individuals depend on. Scoping meetings begin next week for the critical EAA Reservoir project. Captains for Clean Water will take part in the meetings to express the frustrations of Floridians who want this problem fixed. Hurricane Irma took a toll on many Floridians, and the devastating Lake Okeechobee discharges from a poorly designed water management system are adding insult to injury to the fishing guides and businesses that depend on clean water to make a living.
HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
HERE AT CAPTAINS FOR CLEAN WATER, WE FIGHT HARD EVERY DAY TO PROTECT FLORIDA’S ESTUARIES. THE SOLUTIONS TO THESE PROBLEMS HAVE BEEN DELAYED FOR DECADES, WHICH IS UNACCEPTABLE TO US. WE ARE PROUD TO BE YOUR VOICE, AND WITH YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT THERE IS HOPE FOR A SOLUTION TO OUR WATER CRISIS.