Advocacy Resources

One of the most important things that all of us can do to improve water quality is to continually educate ourselves on the key issues and proposed solutions. Ongoing education enables us to be accurate and up to date when we talk about water quality to our friends and other interested parties and when we request our political leaders to take action.

This page strives to inform and educate readers on the complex issues surrounding our advocacy mission. The resources are organized below by topic.

Releases from Lake Okeechobee

The Army Corps of Engineers’ Web page for the development of the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM)

This site provides information on the development of LOSOM and allows people to sign up to receive updates on the project.

Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM) fact sheet

This document provides an overview of the LOSOM project.

Published:  February 2019

Message to the Army Corps

This article describes the kickoff of the LOSOM project.

Published:  January 2019 

Current Water Conditions

Storage Capacity and Moving Water North and South of Lake Okeechobee

This link provides a current overview of the movement of water in Florida from north to south. It includes weekly updates on the volumes of water that have been moved south from Lake Okeechobee and the status of water storage areas.

Sanibel H2O Matters

This link contains current information on topics such as the status of Caloosahatchee flows, Caloosahatchee estuary conditions, and red tide.

Caloosahatchee Condition Reports

This site provides reports that identify the condition of the Caloosahatchee.

Water Storage and Quality Issues

Wessel, Evans, and Ruane on Water Quality

This video was created in October 2018. It contains a discussion of water quality issues by Rae Ann Wessel, Natural Resources Policy Director, SCCF; James Evans, Director of Natural Resources, Sanibel; and Kevin Ruane, Mayor of Sanibel.

Would Dispersed Water Management Help the Refuge?

Solving our water quality issues requires creating more water storage. Dispersed water management may be an effective means.

Date published: 3/14/19 

My Water Daily

My Water Daily is a compilation of stories about water quality in Florida that is distributed via email. The link above points to where people can sign up to receive these updates. 

A Response to Frequently Asked Questions about the 2018 Lake Okeechobee, Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers and Estuaries Algal Blooms

This article discusses the causes of the 2018 south Florida algae blooms and contains numerous references.

Published:  July 2018

Caloosahatchee Watershed Regional Water Management Issues

This document, authored by James Evans, Director of Natural Resources, Sanibel, provides a detailed overview of water management issues in the Caloosahatchee watershed.

Published:  July 2016

Caloosahatchee River (C-43) West Basin Storage Reservoir

This video, created by the South Florida Water Management District, discusses the purpose of the C-43 Reservoir and provides a progress update.

Posted:  December 2017

EAA Reservoir Update

This video provides an update from the South Florida Water Management District on the progress of the EAA Reservoir.

Published:  December 2017

Why the State of the Caloosahatchee River Matters to the Refuge

This article discusses the historic water flow within Florida, the factors that changed that flow, and what that means to the Refuge.

Date published: 2/14/19

The Impact of the EAA Reservoir on the Everglades and the Refuge

The completion of the EAA reservoir has the potential to significantly improve the quality of water that surrounds the “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

Date published: 11/22/18

The Relationship between Blue-green Algae and Red Tide

As was dramatically demonstrated in the summer of 2018, both blue-green algae and red tide pose a significant ecological threat to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

Date published: 9/6/18

Legislative Concerns

SCCF 2019 Legislative Session Tracker 

This site provides insight into the 2019 Florida legislative session.

The History of Everglades Restoration

This article contains a timeline of significant legislation, litigation, projects, and other milestones in Everglades restoration throughout the years. 

Published:  2019

What You Can Do 

Sanibel Communities for Clean Water

While written about Sanibel, this site identifies steps that each of us can take to improve the water quality in our individual neighborhoods.

Help the Refuge: Solve the Problem of Septic Systems

Implementing effective sewer systems can significantly improve water quality. We need to encourage our friends who live in cities and towns that rely on septic systems to urge their local officials to make this happen.

Date published:  2/28/19

Fertilize Wisely to Help Improve Water Quality

Making appropriate use of fertilizer is something that each of us can do to improve water quality.

Date published: 1/10/19


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