For me personally, this has been a wake-up call. We all impact the water somehow just by virtue of living here. I'm going to try to take more personal responsibility in my own yard. I'm going to look at what I do and start with that. And I can spread the message to others too
Dave Jensen
Owner
Jensen's Marina & Twin Palm Cottages
Dave Jensen


Dave Jensen 2

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

When your livelihood depends on fishing, water quality is a big deal. So it is for Dave Jensen, owner of Jensen's Marina and Twin Palm Cottages. He's encouraged by the current situation and a growing awareness in the community of the importance of water quality.

"Fishing was very good this year -- except for the snook, which was hurt with the cold front last winter," says Dave. "And I believe the community has a better understanding of how we as individuals affect water quality. Positive changes are under way, and we're taking small baby steps in the right direction."

That's important to Dave, since his livelihood depends partly upon the area's $2.6 billion tourism industry. "If visitors were to experience two trips in a row without good fishing, we would feel the impact" he says.

He shares his own "personal wake-up call" to look in his own backyard to make changes. To him, every resident impacts the water simply by virtue of living in the area. As a result, he has taken on more personal responsibility and changed his lawn maintenance practices.

"The bottom line is more community involvement in our own backyard. We spend too much time talking about someone else, when we need to change our own backyards," he says. "We're all so busy that we stay away from community involvement and knowing what's going on. But we've got to get out and see what our elected officials are doing."

Related Links

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

Read This Story

Two local artists inspire others to promote solutions...

Read This Story

A hotel marketer laments the changes she sees...

Read This Story

An ecology professor explains the dynamics behind water quality issues.

Read This Story

A marina owner takes personal responsibility.

Read This Story

An environmental activist paints a challenging picture.

Read This Story

A commercial developer sees the writing on the wall.

Read This Story

A noted author is very troubled by water quality issues.

Read This Story

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

Read This Story
More Links

Stories From Your Neighbors

One way to truly understand the impact that freshwater releases from Lake Okeechobee are having on Lee County is to hear your neighbors’ experiences. Those who live on or near the Caloosahatchee River are really seeing the effects first-hand. Here are their stories.

Read Local Stories

Related Links

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

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

More Links

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.

Go to the Glossary
>