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
This site provides information on the development of LOSOM and allows people to sign up to receive updates on the project.
This document provides an overview of the LOSOM project.
Published: February 2019
This article describes the kickoff of the LOSOM project.
Published: January 2019
Current Water Conditions
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.
This link contains current information on topics such as the status of Caloosahatchee flows, Caloosahatchee estuary conditions, and red tide.
This site provides reports that identify the condition of the Caloosahatchee.
Water Storage and Quality Issues
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.
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 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.
This article discusses the causes of the 2018 south Florida algae blooms and contains numerous references.
Published: July 2018
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
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
This video provides an update from the South Florida Water Management District on the progress of the EAA Reservoir.
Published: December 2017
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 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
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
This site provides insight into the 2019 Florida legislative session.
This article contains a timeline of significant legislation, litigation, projects, and other milestones in Everglades restoration throughout the years.
What You Can Do
While written about Sanibel, this site identifies steps that each of us can take to improve the water quality in our individual neighborhoods.
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
Making appropriate use of fertilizer is something that each of us can do to improve water quality.
Date published: 1/10/19