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Help Save SW Florida’s water, beaches and wildlife

By Staff | Feb 24, 2016

To the editor:

This is Your Call to Action!

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum encourages all of our supporters, members and friends to join us in responding to Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane’s call to action to STOP THE RELEASES AND BACK PUMPING FROM LAKE OKEECHOBEE.

Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane said: “We call on every person who understands that our water quality is the engine that drives the southwest Florida economy to contact the Army Corp of Engineers with this critical message: ‘Immediately stop the massive releases and immediately stop the back pumping into Lake Okeechobee’. “

Our water quality is critical to our health. If you’ve been on our beaches, driven over our causeway with sludge-brown water on both sides, or seen San Carlos Bay from the air in the past week we don’t need to convince you of the devastation that back-pumping and massive releases are having on our environment. It MUST be stopped.

Take Action Now!

Please take a moment to send a message to Lt. Colonel Jennifer Reynolds of the Army Corps of Engineers. You can email her at this address: Jennifer.A.Reynolds@usace.army.mil

Please let Lt. Colonel Reynolds know that you are opposed to:

1. The current massive releases of Lake Okeechobee water into the Caloosahatchee, and…2.Back-pumping nutrient-laden, agricultural run-off water into the lake for the benefit of the sugar industry.

Accordingly, support the “3-Point Plan for immediate action steps” proposed by Mayor Ruane; the plan calls for:

Maximizing storage on all private lands currently under contract with the SFWMD.

Maximize potential storage on public lands within Lee County.

Call on the Army Corps of Engineers and the SFWMD to exercise their operational flexibility to hold more water in the Lake.

Please do it NOW. There is strength in numbers – They need to hear from every one of us.

Thank you!

Dorrie Hipschman

Executive Director

Bailey-Matthews

National Shell Museum