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
Jensen's Marina & Twin Palm Cottages
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We are all part of the problem. We all need to be part of the solution. This is not a fight between regions. It's a matter of living with polluted waters. The system as a whole needs to be addressed, and saving one portion at the expense of another isn't acceptable.

Our finger-pointing must come back to each of us individually. Instead of fighting, bickering and blaming, we need to help each other find common ground. We need to find solutions that are beneficial environmentally to all communities. And we need to be willing to compromise for the good of our whole ecosystem.

We can do our part by participating. By getting involved and by educating ourselves on the issue. Use the information in this section to learn how you can make a difference.

"An informed electorate has to be the basis of problem-solving in a democracy."

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

Speak Out

Contact your state legislators, federal legislators, and Florida's Governor to thank them for the work they've done to date and to encourage them to continue their support of water initiatives that improve water quality in Lee County.

Speak Out

Get Involved

Let your voice be heard! There are several options for helping out. Learn more about them here.

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At Home

All of us can help our whole ecosystem just by starting in our own front and back yards with responsible yard care practices.

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Local Sponsor:
The entity that is partnering with the Federal Government to complete a specific project or program; in the case of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), the local sponsor for the majority of the program is the South Florida Water Management District.

Stormwater Treatment Area [STA]:
A human-constructed wetland area to treat urban and agricultural runoff water before it is discharged to natural areas; commonly developed after the Federal and State Clean Waters Acts, 1970-72.

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