What Should Floridians Do About Clean Water
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Recently, I’ve received a message from one of our concerned readers, Captain Karl R. Deigert. Captain Deigert’s dream of being the captain providing water tours around his motel was dashed as a result of the polluted water from algal growth. He is very concerned with the changing water quality in Florida. His letter, in italics, below:
Hi, Captain Deigert & All Floridians interested in Clean Water,
The clean water is a topic of concern on the top of the priority list for most Floridians, be he/she is from South, Central, or North part of the Florida. It needs to be addressed by collaborative efforts of multiple counties. It requires affective methodology as well as cost effectiveness and specificity as part of the discussion.
I do agree with you that we need to get to the root cause of the problem forming the toxic water due to chemical runoffs contributing to algal growth rather than simply diluting the problem. But often time the devil is in the detail. It is important to set and publicize the acceptable limit of various chemicals in the community as part of the goal for clean water. It is also highly recommended that any potential legislation or amendment to actually include a list of acceptable limit of various chemicals as part of the clean water goal, for overly generalized statement may lead to much unintended consequences.
I hope you are aware of the LOSOM (Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual), a component of the Central & Southern Florida (C&SF) System Operating Plan. Were you aware of and/or able to attend the public hearings, in italics, below:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District invites the public to be engaged with the development of the new Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM). A series of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) public scoping meetings were held throughout south Florida during February and March 2019.
The purpose of this effort is to reevaluate and define operations for the Lake Okeechobee regulation schedule that take into account additional infrastructure that will soon be operational. The additional infrastructure that will be taken into consideration includes the Herbert Hoover Dike rehabilitation, Kissimmee River Restoration Project, as well as the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) C-43 West Basin Storage Reservoir and C-44 Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area.
Even if you were not able to attend those public hearings back in 2019, there will be more LOSOM PDT Meetings in the near future, in italics, below:
LOSOM PDT Meetings
The Project Delivery Team (PDT) members include only the federal officials and elected officers of state, local or tribal governments or their designated employees with authority to act on their behalf acting in their official capacities.
Members of the public are welcome to attend the government agency PDT meeting and provide comment during designated periods.
LOSOM PDT Meeting Comments: LakeOComments@usace.army.mil
LOSOM PDT and Stakeholder Engagement – Announcement of Preferred Alternative
Monday, August 9, 2021, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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The purpose of the engagement on August 9 is to provide the Preferred Alternative, set the goals for optimization in Iteration 3, and to explain the process for the optimization effort and development of Operational Guidance.
***Please keep in mind that the more specific a legislation/amendment is, the less unintended consequences there would be. So, it would be a good idea to include a list of specific limits on specific chemicals that would be allowed in the water of various counties in Florida.
Susan Sun Nunamaker
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
- Orange County Right To Clean Water Charter Amendment (aka Wekiva River and Econlockhatchee River Bill of Rights) passed in November of 2020
- Full text of Florida Right To Clean Water Constitutional Amendment 2022
- Florida Right to Clean Water Initiative (2022)
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