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Posted on: July 27, 2021

[ARCHIVED] URGENT: Contact the Army Corps of Engineers TODAY to protect our water quality

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It is an URGENT time for the public to be vocal with the Army Corps of Engineers regarding the Corps' proposed plan that will guide water releases from Lake Okeechobee for the next decade. 

Captains for Clean Water has set up an email template for the public to send messages.

The Town of Fort Myers Beach is urging the public to send messages to the Army Corps of Engineers NOW to request modifications to the draft operating plan for releasing water from Lake Okeechobee. These releases flow into the Caloosahatchee River and the Gulf causing harmful algae blooms that kill fish and foliage and impact the public's s health as well as the Town’s economy.

During a Monday, July 26 meeting with the Corps, Fort Myers Beach Mayor Ray Murphy joined with mayors of other municipalities in Lee County to lobby for changes in the plan to have the releases “be less water in summer, more water in winter.” 

 “It’s incumbent upon everybody who lives down here or has any stake in it anywhere to be vocal about this situation to the Army Corps of Engineers and let them know that we don’t want all that water. We want water when we need it and we don’t want the water when we don’t need it,” Mayor Murphy said. "Our concern over here on the West Coast is that we're going to be taking the lion's share of the water on these releases when it happens." 

Please help protect Southwest Florida’s water quality by emailing the Army Corps of Engineers TODAY!

Watch Mayor Murphy speak with Jessica Alpern of FOX4 news about this topic.

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Fort Myers Beach Observer article
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