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Key to Future of Florida
A 143-mile dike is crumbling and it offers no major southern spillway. There are dreadful algae blooms on Florida's Lake Okeechobee. In an Florida Weekly interview with Calusa Waterkeeper, John Cassani, Florida Weekly's Roger Williams explores these and other south Florida water issues.
Why Not Clean It North?
The Kissimmee River and Lake Okeechobee are part of the Everglades. Don’t they deserve the same protection from excess nutrient pollution as the southern Everglades? There is need for flexibility in the design of the structures and operations and maybe consider sending it North.
Ranger Training Workshop
The second workshop in the Calusa Waterkepeer (CWK) Ranger Academy training series will be held on Sat, Nov 18, 2017, 9:00 AM at the Calusa Nature Center Iona House. The workshop will review the ABCs of water management and other courses. See you there!
Waterkeeper 2017 Annual Report
The Waterkeeper Alliance 2017 annual report is out and the fight for drinkable, fishable, and swimmable water is stronger than ever. In the fiscal year, a new activism platform Dive into Democracy was born. The network challenged a rollback that could wipe out critical protections for cleaning up America. Read on for these accomplishments and more!!
Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani analyzed the DEP BMAP report on nutrient reduction efforts for the Caloosahatchee Estuary. He discovered clearly deceptive accounting making it look like water quality is improving when it simply is not.
[Conservancy of Southwest Florida]
Capece Speaks to Coalition
Dr. John Capece, board member of Calusa Waterkeeper, addressed the SWFL Justice4All Coalition at its Nov 6 meeting at the Naples Unitarian Church. His topic was climate change. Other panelists spoke on fracking, solar energy, sea level rise, and carbon tax.
CWK MFL Comments
Calusa Waterkeeper (CWK) submitted comments to SFWMD on the draft revision of Caloosahatchee minimum flow criteria (MFL). CWK is opposed to setting the MFL at 400 cfs but support a MFL in the range of 600-800 cfs at S-79. Details in the report attached.
Save the Everglades Rally
Join us in Naples on Saturday, Nov 4, in Naples at the intersection of Davis Blvd & US41 to raise pubic awareness of the needs for Everglades restoration projects throughout south Florida. A lecture at 10am precedes the rally at noon. Then at 3pm we move to Cambier Park for another rally at 4pm.
[Description for FGCU Students]
[Day of Action]
[Facebook Invitation for All]
Criticizing Scott Over Water
The biggest environmental issue with governor Scott's administration is the systemic lack of enforcement and land use planning oversight, writes John Cassani in Oct 25 mailbag. This systemic error has resulted in decline in water quality of the states waters and putting a risk on public health.
Water Quality Data
Calusa waterkeeper and Rangers are collecting basic water quality data from the tidal Caloosahatchee River. The data being collected include salinity, temperature and dissolved oxygen. Attached is the Watkins monitoring data for Hendry Creek and Estero bay.
[Water Quality Data]
Lake O Water Level Declines
As the Lake O water levels have declined to below 17ft, it is yet unknown when the Corps will slow releasing water into the Caloosahatchee River. John Capece of Calusa Waterkeeper says the Corps are operating with a lot of constraints. "They’ve just got a lousy hand to play."
[Naples Daily News]
Water Quality = Home Value
Florida Realtors research in 2015 showed that water quality affects your property value. A 1-foot decrease in water clarity (measured by Secchi disk depth) results in a fall of more than 400 million dollars in coastal county property value.
[Florida Realtors Study]
Florida Panther Hot Spot
Roads in Collier County rank among the worst hot spots for vehicle collisions with endangered Florida Panthers. Advocates recommend wildlife crossings on 20 road segments in Collier and Hendry counties, some in the Calusa Waterkeeper jurisdiction.
[Naples Daily News]
Caloosahatchee Pollution Plan
DEP is moving closer to its latest plan to reduce pollution flowing into the Caloosahatchee River and its estuary. There has been frustrations over the length of time it's taken to adopt the pollution loads. Calusa Waterkeeper also questions the legitimacy of DEP's reduction estimates.
Grunwald on Cape Coral
In his Politico.com expose on Cape Coral development, Michael Grunwald quotes Calusa Waterkeeper member and former president Wayne Daltry on past planning and future risks for the low-lying, fast-growing city.
Salinity Flatlines since Aug 28
The week of Oct. 10-16, freshwater flows from Lake O and the estuary decreased slightly to an average of 10,405 cfs at S-79, nearly 4 times the harm threshold. Light remains limited throughout the river from dark, freshwater discharge that extends several miles offshore into the Gulf of Mexico
Energy From Waste Tour
Calusa Waterkeeper interns from Malawi joined students from FGCU to tour the Convata facilities in Florida to learn about the Lee County's solutions to waste management challenges and how the facility processes energy from waste material to meet the energy needs of the community.
Changes to Algal Bloom Bill
As Florida Waterkeepers, are calling on the Florida Legislature to reactivate and adequately fund the Florida Harmful Algal Bloom Task Force. The US Senate has passed a bill to improve the federal response to water pollution by amending the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act.
[Ohio Country Journal]
Opposing Legislative Language
Calusa waterkeeper signed on to oppose the language exempting FEMA from the requirements of the ESA. Without ESA, FEMA will be absolved of its legal responsibilities to safeguard endangered species in the most sensitive floodplain habitats and will undermine water quality downstream.
[Center for Biological Diversity]
October 2017 Newsletter
The October 2017 Calusa Waterkeeper newsletter is available online. It features Waterkeeper news and opinions on issues. The archive provides an index to many of the newsletters dating back to 1995. Sign up to receive the newsletter by email.
Caloosahatchee Estuary Loss
An algal bloom may be on the horizon due to the nutrient loads from the Lake O water releases. The discharges are damaging the Caloosahatchee estuary. John Cassani of Calusa Waterkeeper comments, "I think we’re past that threshold where damage has become an ongoing thing." Its an enormous impact.
[Palm Beach Post]
Feb 2 Water Conference
The hurricane season was a wake-up call for engineers and communities as they are increasingly keeping climate change in mind as they plan roads, sewers and energy grids for the future. This is the theme for the upcoming 27th Annual SW FL Water Resources Conference co-hosted by Calusa Waterkeeper.
[The Changing Climate of Regulation & Funding]
Irma Shatters Flow Records
Hurricane Irma created record shattering flow at Franklin Lock (S79) on Sep 11 & 12. The Corps measured discharge at 27,783 cfs, exceeding the previous records set in 2005-2006 by 25%. Measurements began in 1966 following construction of the lock and dam in 1965.
[Recent Flow Data]
Caloosahatchee MFL Reevaluation
Lee County submitted comments to SFWMD on the proposed MFL (minimum flows and levels) for the Caloosahatchee Estuary. Lee County asserts the data supports an MFL greater than 650 cfs rather than the SFWMD proposal of 400 cfs. The County urges SFWMD to work in collaboration with FDEP on this.
Irma Impact On Tourism
After Irma, dark colored water and bacteria along the beaches and other water bodies including the Caloosahatchee River, is affecting the tourism sector. The popular TripAdvisor web page shows that people are commenting on our poor water conditions.
[TripAdvisor.com Brown Water]
Glades Co. Reservoir Concerns
Concerns raised by Glades County regarding a reservoir planned for their lands sound exactly the same as those raised by Calusa Waterkeeper back in the early to mid-2000's regarding C-43 Reservoir. SFWMD has been hosting meetings with Glades County officials and residents to discuss project plans.
Ranger Training Academy
Starting Oct 14 you can attend Calusa Waterkeeper Ranger Training Academy to learn how to serve as a volunteer Ranger, helping sample and protect our area waters. Contact John Cassani at 239-633-7274 for additional information.
Nature Center Haunted Walk
Everyone anticipates (or dreads) the annual Haunted Walk at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium in Ft. Myers. If you have not experienced this stroll through the Nature Center darkness, you should do it at least once. It is memorable. This is its 33rd year.
Caloosahatchee BMAP Meeting
SFWMD hosts a meeting to discuss the Caloosahatchee TMDL program and review the draft 5-year review of the Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP). The meeting is 10AM on Oct 18 at the Lower West Coast Service Center, 2301 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers.
[Final Modeling Report]
[Background Files Storage]
Helping Train Future Waterkeeper
Linda Lamya, a graduate student from Malawi, is serving as our intern to prepare for creating the 1st Waterkeeper program in her nation. In November she hopes to take a train trip across the USA to meet other Waterkeepers. Donations are needed to support travel expenses, so please consider helping.
[Linda Lamya CV]
[Proposed Train Path & Stops]
Calusa Waterkeeper is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the Caloosahatchee River & Estuary, Lake Okeechobee, Nicodemus Slough, Charlotte Harbor, Estero Bay, the near-shore waters of Lee County, and their watersheds, through education and promotion of responsible use and enjoyment by all people.
P.O. Box 1165
Ft. Myers, FL 33902
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CRCA "Riverwatch" is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the Caloosahatchee River and its watershed, through education and promotion of responsible use and enjoyment by all people.
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LaBelle, FL 33935
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