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Your voice is needed on LORS operational changes

By Staff | Aug 30, 2019

CITY OF SANIBEL The Sanibel Lighthouse Beach Park on May 8.

Tell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that you support operational changes to the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS) that will protect the Caloosahatchee and our coastal waters.

Water quality in the Caloosahatchee estuary and coastal waters of Lee County is greatly influenced by water levels within Lake Okeechobee. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently evaluating a proposed deviation to the Water Control Plan for the LORS 2008.

The proposed operational changes will help reduce high-volume discharges to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries during the wet season and minimize conditions suitable for the development of algal blooms within Lake Okeechobee and the estuaries.

We urge you to support this important action by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Our local economy and quality of life depends on your voice.

Send the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers a letter today by visiting sandnrwq.salsalabs.org/lorsdeviationalert/index.html.

Kevin Ruane

Please submit your comments by Sept. 5.

Thank you for doing your part to protect our coastal waters.

Kevin Ruane is the mayor of the city of Sanibel.