Advocacy Resources

'Ding' on the Wing Advocacy Archives

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 following articles have appeared in our "Ding" on the Wing e-mail bulletins to educate our more than 10,000 subscribers. Click HERE to subscribe to the weekly bulletins.  

The Impact of Florida Forever on the Refuge
Putting additional land into conservation is an important way to improve water quality.
Date published 9/19/19

Why is Sanibel’s Jordan Marsh Water Quality Treatment Park So Cool?
This article identifies a great example of the type of local projects that can significantly impact water quality.
Date published 8/8/19

The Status of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP)
In June 2019, the SFWMD presented a webinar on the status of CERP. The webinar begins at roughly 13 minutes into the video.
Date published 7/25/19

Two Key Tools in Fight for Water Quality: TMDLs and BMAPs
This article discusses the Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) process for improving an impaired water body such as Lake O.
Date published 7/11/19

It's a Busy Time for Water Issues
This article summarizes the status of key water-quality initiatives.
Date published 6/13/19

At Season’s End: A Status Update on Water Quality Initiatives
This article discusses recent initiatives that have the potential to improve water quality. It also identifies places where additional work still needs to be done.
Date published 5/16/19

What are Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs) and Why You Should Care?
Solving our water quality issues requires cleaning the water that ends up surrounding the Refuge. STAs can help.
Date published 5/2/19

How Can the Changes to Lake O’s Release Schedule Help the Refuge?
This article discusses some of the changes that need to be made to the Lake O release schedule.
Date published 4/18/19

Advocacy Through Education 
This article explains the link between advocacy and education and introduces our new advocacy resources web page. 
Date published: 4/4/19 
Tell the Army Corps What the Refuge Needs from Lake O
Date published: 3/21/19
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
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
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
Get out and Tell the Army Corps About the Harm to the Refuge 
The Army Corps of Engineers is revising the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS). This revision will have a dramatic impact on the quality of the water that surrounds the Refuge.
Date published: 1/31/19
Gov. DeSantis Off to a Good Start
Florida’s newly elected governor seems to take our environment seriously.
Date published: 1/17/19
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
The Need to Re-examine the Minimum Flow Rule
There are times when the Refuge is negatively impacted by too little water flowing down the Caloosahatchee River. The minimum flow rule is intended to ensure a sufficient flow of water.
Date published: 12/27/18
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 


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