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Why? Why not?

By Staff | Feb 10, 2016

To the editor:

The current filthy water polluting the Caloosahatchee and area beaches is a tragedy. But it is doing a perfect job in clearly demonstrating cause and effect.

Why is the Everglades Agricultural Area being allowed to continuously cause violations of the federal Clean Water Act, using Lake O as a toilet for their dirty industrial water pumping?

This is exactly the issue that the Clean Water Act was enacted to stop, no different than the fires on Ohio’s Cuyahoga River in 1969 that prompted its passage.

Why pump filthy water into Lake O, polluting what is an already contaminated water body and leading to the downstream issues we are increasingly facing?

Why not fix the problem at its source?

The foul water is already being collected and pumped. Instead of begging FL legislators and the governor to establish additional reservoirs for water treatment at public cost, we need to get the agricultural interests to do this.

Making the polluters pay is an approach that’s worked throughout the U.S.

Why not in Florida?

Bill Greggs

Sanibel