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Rose Young & Ricki Howie

Rose Young & Ricki Howie
Retired school teachers and fiber artists

Two local artists inspire others to promote solutions to deteriorating water conditions...

"We want people to wake up to the fact that something's going on that shouldn't be going on. Everybody's got a stake in it."

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Jeanne Bigos

Jeanne Bigos
Director of Sales & Marketing
The Outrigger Beach Resort

A hotel marketer laments the changes she sees...

"You can't do this to the environment, unless you want to live in the middle of the damage."

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Kristie Anders

Kristie Anders
Education Director
Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation

A conservation educator sees plenty of cause for concern...

"An ecosystem is like a trampoline that bounces back until too many springs are gone. We're getting close to the point where parts of an ecosystem, the springs, are missing so that it's harder for the ecosystem to bounce back."

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Win Everham

Win Everham
Associate Professor, Ecological & Social Science
College of Arts & Science, Florida Gulf Coast University

An ecology professor explains the dynamics behind water quality issues.

"People come here to vacation and to build homes. If our area ceases to be a beautiful place, the bottom will drop out of our economy. If we degrade our environment enough, people will no longer come here."

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Dave Jensen

Dave Jensen
Owner, Jensen's Marina & Twin Palm Cottages

A marina owner takes personal responsibility.

"If visitors were to experience two trips in a row without good fishing, we would feel the impact."

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Pete Quasius

Pete Quasius
Environmental Advocate, Audubon of Southwest Florida

An environmental activist paints a challenging picture.

"Everyone has a piece of this. Our battle is to convince the legislators and the voters that this is an issue of major significance. We're at risk of destroying our tourist industry."

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Steve Shimp

Steve Shimp
Past President, Owens-Ames-Kimball
Commercial developer

A commercial developer sees the writing on the wall.

"If it's not a dead river, it's on its way to being dead"

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Randy Wayne-White

Randy Wayne-White
Author & local resident

A noted author is very troubled by water quality issues.

"I find it very troubling. The first casualty of a failed economy is the environment."

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Ralph Woodring

Ralph Woodring
Owner, The Bait Box
Lifetime Sanibel resident

A local fisherman advocates for continued pressure on decision-makers.

"It's not a simple problem, and changes won't happen overnight."

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Tell Us Your Story

To tell us your tale, email us at mywaterstory@leegov.com. And thanks for taking time to help us better understand the scope of what’s happening to us all.

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Related Links

South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force:
http://www.sfrestore.org

South Florida Water Management District:
http://www.sfwmd.gov

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Glossary

Phosphorus [P]:
An element or nutrient required for energy production in living organisms; distributed into the environment mostly as phosphates by agricultural runoff and life cycles; frequently the limiting factor for growth of microbes and plants.

Blue-Green Algae:
A type of algae natural to our area that blooms in the climatic and nutrient conditions it finds favorable.

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