News-Press Mailbag

December 03, 2016

Water and data 

In a recent letter to the editor, Governing Board Member Mitch Hutchcraft for the South Florida Water Management District, said: “One community activist called the well-established scientific link between septic tanks and high levels of nutrients in our estuaries a ‘red herring’”. 
Allow me to point out two facts: There are 26 past research studies which all show agricultural fertilizers, not septic tanks, as the vast majority of the problem with water quality in Florida. Some simple math with the data in the "scientific link" mentioned suggests that agricultural fertilizers are 84% of the problem and that septic tanks are 8% of the problem. Anyone wanting confirmation data can email me at

David Bogert, LaBelle