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August 24, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

I am responsible for our current water crisis.

Over the years, I have developed a personal psychology built around blame and denial.

I have blamed governments, corporations, industries, and uncaring individuals for both creating our environmental challenges and refusing to fix them. At the same time, I have denied my own complicity.

I have been largely inattentive to the science of climate change. I have frequently voted for elected officials without doing my own due diligence around their positions on environmental issues. I have purchased products from corporations that dump chemicals and nutrients in our waterways. I have not listened well or participated enough with our local clean water advocates. I have complained about algae blooms and red tide when they're visible, and have been silent when they're not. I have been too careless when fueling my boats. I have littered. I have used chemicals to kill weeds, and fertilizers to grow vegetation. I have more impervious surface area on my property that I need, and I have cringed at the extent and cost of our new stormwater drainage system. I have not taken enough care to prevent spills when staining and waterproofing my dock.

And worst of all, I have always taken clean water for granted.

I am so sorry. I will try to do better.

Dan Hendrickson

Fort Myers Beach



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