What a mess this has become for South Florida

Putershark

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My apologies for being a little behind in my duties around here one of them, updating this import topic. So here is the latest to me from Captain for Clean Water on this subject and the progress (finally) that is being made...

Dear Dave,

As you read this, we’re attending a meeting of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force in Washington, DC. Along with other conservation groups and industry leaders, we will be visiting with lawmakers to urge their support for full funding, progress, and solutions for Everglades restoration.

At home in Florida, we’re seeing critical projects being expedited and completed that provide much-needed relief to the Everglades and our coastal estuaries.

Under the direction of Governor Ron DeSantis, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is quickly advancing the EAA Reservoir, an essential project for sending water south to the Everglades and Florida Bay. Land leases that have previously prevented construction have recently been terminated or are in the process of being bought out by the state.

Once the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit is issued, the District will begin construction on the intake canal that will deliver water to the reservoir and stormwater treatment area (STA). Once completed, the EAA Reservoir and STA will reduce the damaging discharges from Lake Okeechobee by up to 60%.

Another step forward comes as the Blue Green Algae Task Force provided their initial recommendations for water quality improvements, including agricultural best management practices, stormwater treatment systems, and sewage system regulations, underscored by science-based decision-making. The governor announced that he will be pushing for new legislation to ensure these recommendations are enforced and implemented.

Last week, we attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the C-43 Caloosahatchee Reservoir, a project that will provide much-needed relief and balance to the Caloosahatchee River estuary. The reservoir will store Lake Okeechobee releases and local basin runoff in the wet season so it can be used to balance salinity in the estuary during the dry season. The SFWMD has been directed to add a stormwater treatment component to clean the water before it’s released.

Every step forward is a victory. Every project that improves water quality in some way is a victory. Every person who grasps the bigger picture and speaks up on the issues—accelerates the progress being made to restore our waters.

We look forward to briefing you on the meetings here in DC. Keep an eye on Facebook for live updates this week.

Thank you for your continued support,

Captain Daniel Andrews and Captain Chris Wittman
 

Putershark

Administrator
Staff member
Lifetime Member
City
Pine Island
State
Florida
Latest update from Captains for Clean Water and yes, we have made a difference... :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

The holidays are a time for reflection—both in our personal and professional lives.

Within the walls of Captains For Clean Water, we’ve been talking a lot about what we’re grateful for this year. If boiled down to one word, it would be: Progress.

And here’s what that means to us...

Only a few years ago, the general public wasn’t aware of the depth and complexity of water mismanagement issues plaguing our state. On the legislative front, water quality was talked about as an “environmental issue,” disconnected from discussions of economic health and development. Decision-makers with the greatest power to affect our water, were planted and paid-off by special interests, leaving the public with little chance of being persuasive or effective.

Today—the conversation has changed. The curtain is drawn. The spotlight is bright. The people are united and our voices are being heard.

Why? What changed? Well, we could boil that answer down to one word, too: You.

Our water crises worsened, becoming more frequent and intensified. Businesses were impacted. Health and safety were threatened. And with no end in sight, the hush-hush status quo was uprooted and replaced with a vocal public, demanding answers and information.

Our state’s new leadership had no choice, but to listen.

In the past 11 months, we’ve seen record state funding for Everglades restoration, a water management board working with us—not against us, specialized environmental task forces, critical projects being expedited, new legislation brought forward to improve water quality, and more people than ever before fighting for our water.

And us? Our role has been to make sure you could see through the smoke and mirrors. To educate you on the history, science, and long-term solutions so that you’re empowered to take action and speak up. To keep a pulse on the seemingly endless game of opposition and roadblocks and apply constant pressure in the right places, at the right times. And most importantly, to ensure that—by us having a seat at the table—you have a seat at the table.

Even throughout the holiday season, we remain vigilant. The Florida Legislative Session is right around the corner and we have a lot of work to do to secure consistent funding and hard-working water policy legislation.

Rest assured, if an opportunity arises where we need to rally the troops… you’ll be the first to know.

On behalf of our entire organization, we are so grateful for your support.

Happy Thanksgiving from our families to yours,
Captain Daniel Andrews, Executive Director
Captain Chris Wittman, Program Director


 
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