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Actions of citizens also impact water quality

By Staff | Feb 26, 2019

To the editor:

A young friend was visiting me several months ago and asked me what the ongoing construction project on Casa Ybel was? I did not know at the time, so when the Sanibel papers published a nice article about the new park, I clipped and mailed it. This was the reply:

“I read the article you sent on the man-made marsh. It did a good job explaining why the marsh was needed (unacceptably high phosphorus and nitrogen levels in the Sanibel slough) and how it will function to improve water quality. What the article didn’t address was the source of the nutrient pollution – namely, runoff from synthetic fertilizers applied to residential lawns and the adjacent golf course. Sanibel residents, in other words, are destroying their own water quality. This seems to be a microcosm of the larger problem of nutrient runoff into the Gulf from agribusiness (and increased population), which is killing wildlife and causing economic hardship for humans. Will we never learn?”

My friend is too young to remember the famous line from the POGO cartoon: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

Rebecca Moss