WINK News: Water quality advocates worried about a proposed bill’s impact on the future of SWFL water

February 9, 2022
Reporter: Stephanie Byrne
Writer: Matthew Seaver
Feb 9th, 2022

A fight for clean water in Florida is underway with advocates saying suspicious legislation is moving forward that could destroy our water quality.

They are afraid the bill in the Florida Senate will increase lake Okeechobee water releases, which could result in blue-green algae plaguing canals.

Captain Daniel Andrews, co-founder and executive director of Captains for Clean Water, said he was worried that people in Southwest Florida wouldn’t have their voice heard. “The state capitol from Southwest Florida is a six, ​six-and-a-half-hour drive. So to get people to go up there and speak, you know, this last minute, it’s just really ridiculous.”

People like Rhett Morris did make the journey to Tallahassee. “I personally canceled thousands of dollars worth of charters to be here. I would say in the room behind me, we have over $40,000 worth of income that was canceled to be here today.”

All because of the proposed Senate Bill 2508.