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Seek out the facts on water quality

June 1, 2016
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

To the editor:

The Captains for Clean Water (CCW) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization whose only mission is to educate the people on the crisis and solution of our water in SW Florida. The CCW meeting at the Cape Coral Yacht Club on May 19 was well-worth attending and drew a decent crowd. However, the room should have been filled to the rafters with all residents living on or using our waterways. There was absolutely no media coverage of this important event. As usual, there is no interest in keeping the people of Cape Coral informed of any events that impact their lives.

The long-term decline of estuaries across SW Florida has accelerated rapidly over the last 10 years. The toxicity of our water is killing sea turtle grasses, oyster beds, fish. This discharge is not only toxic sediment but also releases fresh water into salt water. The water by Punta Rassa is at times all fresh water. Of course this impacts salt water marine life. By the way, when I say the word "fresh," it is only to distinguish between salt. This is not fresh water, it is contaminated; full of bio-solids, which is raw sewage, herbicides and pesticides which led the World Health Organization (WHO) to list sugar production as one of the most dangerous crops to grow because of the toxicity of the chemicals that are used on this genetically modified plant.

State lawmakers have enjoyed large scale contributions from agricultural corporations. The sugar cabal actually has the audacity to proclaim that they are for the environment because they are burning their sugar pulp to create electricity. The East Coast of Florida is suffering from burning soot and toxic fumes and the West Coast is suffering from toxic water.

There is a solution to the problem. And it is not the "C43" plan that the "Mayors for Clean Water" among others are seeking. Facts do state that C43 will cost $500 million and $4 million a year to operate it.

There is a simple solution that was actually voted for by 78 percent of Floridians. "Buy the land and re-make the swamp that was originally there."

Don't be a part of the willfully blind. Go to captainsforcleanwater.org. Click on the tab "info" and start with "problem and vision." Look what was the natural flow of Lake Okeechobee and compare it to the flow now.

Please educate yourself, be vocal, and spread the word.

Deborah Morris

Cape Coral

 
 

 

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