|Spring 2011 (when flow was disrupted last year)|
The South Florida Water Management District recently recommended to the Army Corps of Engineers that all water flow from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River be suspended. The Army Corps implemented the suspension and as a result, toxic slime is ready to take hold of the Caloosahatchee again.
Please call your SFWMD governing board representatives TODAY! Click here for full contact list.
Ask them to resume freshwater flows to the Caloosahatchee to protect our environment, local economy and public health!
Lack of freshwater flow causes stagnation of the river upstream which results in the formation of toxic algae outbreaks. Communities along the Caloosahatchee are then subject to toxins that affect the central nervous system, liver and respiratory function, and can cause skin eruptions. People, pets and livestock are put at risk.
This erodes our quality of life and impacts our local economy, which is heavily dependent upon the quality of our waters to attract visitors and businesses.