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Cape needs to take leadership role in watershed protection

August 9, 2013

To the editor: Lake Okeechobee is the center piece for managing water resources here in Southwest Florida. We all agree that environmental issues are just as important economic ones....

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Aug-21-13 12:16 AM

Hey Grumpy seen anything in the news lately. Local or national on why the east coast get 25% of Lake O flush water and why west coast gets 75%.

And to those who tap disagree your stupidity is showing in the light real well! Heard of Save Our Bay? Complain to them or get their take that is in the media too!

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Aug-12-13 1:59 PM

Try the News-Press for instance within the last 2 weeks. The article spoke to the fact that the water going through the facilities to clean up the water was limited on the east coast because the coloration was still brown but they did not want to put it into the Atlantic Ocean or that area because it disrupt business there. I would imagine that business would be charter fishing and tourism. Hey Grump why do you think more water is coming down river in this area. Do you think it is because the politicians who represent that area have more clout than the ones who represent this area?

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Aug-12-13 12:44 PM

lightswitch: When were these supposed articles written? I recall a law suit brought by the east coasters that they won. The only thing that accomplished, was to dump more water to the west coast. I have never seen any mention of any kind of treatment plant anywhere to treat water from Okeechobee. Why not list the links that you claim said there was?

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Aug-11-13 10:16 PM

The information was published in the News-press and national new NBC.

East coast has the facilities to clean the water. West coast has no such facility and the water flow in gallons is more here on the west coast of Florida.

Why don't you start checking some of the national news agencies and read the News-Press.

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Aug-11-13 11:58 AM

Sandy the reason you can't find him is because he is stuck in yesterday chasing ghosts. The rest of us are looking forward, therefore we can't see him...

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Aug-11-13 10:42 AM

Well stated Mr. Cummings.

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Aug-11-13 10:36 AM

The Mayor of Cape Coral, the largest City between Tampa and Miami, which has been impacted by this destructive discharge, has been nowhere to be found regarding this travesty. WHY? 4 years ago we residents went to the polls to elect a Mayor and a leader, instead, we got John Joseph Sullivan.

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Aug-10-13 12:23 PM

vince thank you voicing out about this issue there is alot more that needs to be done but just water sheds... A the army corps needs to fix the dikes around lake o so the water level inside them can be up around the 20ft mark two a natural flow back into the everglades via thru south bay will help and a third is tell big sugar to give back some of the land us the taxpayers gave them in the early 90's

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Aug-10-13 11:34 AM

lightswitch: Where are you getting your info from on any kind of treatment plants that remove the things you stated on the east coast? I just read an article concerning the release of polluted water to both coasts. Port St. Lucie river is brown with the pollutants, as is the Caloosahatchee. More is dumped to the west coast than the east coast. It has destroyed grass beds, oyster beds, scallops and ruined fishing. All of that occurs because the Army Corps. of Engineers keeps violating the clean water act. This year is worse than many previous years. Water along the Gulf beaches is brown all the way up to and including Boca Grande Pass. Nobody will do anything about all of this until there is nothing left to save the way it looks in my book. Get rid of big sugar, or stop them from pumping their excess water into Okeechobee. Finish the Everglades restoration and build more holding reservoirs also.

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Aug-09-13 4:00 PM

I do agree this is an important issue to address Vince, I see a lot of concern in it because it also darkens the water to point of not allowing enough sunlight to reach organisms at the bottom of the water column that require it to survive.I also think it odd that we have a strict year-round watering schedule here in the Cape while this over abundance of water has a negative effect on our environment and the incremental dollars we receive from tourism here. I am sure there is quite an abundance of others ways all the local governments could put that water to use seeing as "water conservation" is a term we will not see disappear anytime soon.

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Aug-09-13 3:56 PM

Anyone care to wonder why the East end of the river which empties into the Atlantic Ocean has facilities to clean the water of fertilizer and heavy metals before it travels east?

Anyone care to wonder why the west end of the river which empties into the Gulf Of Mexico has NO facilities?

Actually this is a good question for our state and federal senators and representatives to express. Sort of shows our representation in Tallahassee or Washington DC is questionable at best and they do not show much effectiveness either. Not much water going east and they have a purification system. More is coming west with no facility. But home owners in the Southwest Florida did pay 75% of the restoration charges to clean up the Everglades and support the price of Sugar as well. Gee Thanks!

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Aug-09-13 9:39 AM

The issue vs. Big Sugar, the environment, groups gathering to present this very same issue, has, as Packer states, has been a very long journey. Many in our City have been and continue to be leaders in this fight and I sincerely hope they keep up the good fight.

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Aug-09-13 5:43 AM

Vince I love the fact that you recognize this issue. However, I respectfully disagree with the environmentally pristine part. When I moved here 25 years ago it was a much different story. I remember Tarpon rolling in the river in schools so thick you could almost walk across them. I am not an expert in marine biology however a common sense look at it says something is clearly wrong, and far from pristine. Big Sugar sends us lots of gifts...

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