Comments on: “Water district continues work on critical projects



Paul Reynolds ·

Works at Retired

There was a very disappointing lack of balance on the Sunday editorial page. Messrs. Wade and Hutchcraft represent the same stakeholder, the south Florida agriculture industry. They have but one objective, to use Lake Okeechobee as a storage facility for irrigation, and a repository for wet times when too much water is on the sacrosanct farm lands. They defend the failed status quo because it exclusively benefits them, and are only open to peripheral, and expensive, modifications that do not interfere with their core purpose.
Many, many experts understand the uselessness of C-43, and it's destructive potential w/o a filtration system. Very telling information on this issue is the years that SFWMD has ignored the nasty inflows from the north because that’s pivotal to eventually returning the lake to a condition where appropriate water flows East, West, and South as needed and not just to convenience the agriculture industry.      
Many aspects of our current “directions” are quite controversial. Though supported by organizations and politicians who fear the wrath of Ag and SFWMD when these “directions” have a valid basis, isn’t it the responsibility of this newspaper to present objections and not necessarily be cheerleaders for only potential solutions that stretch into the next generation?

Oct 16, 2016 12:07pm

Leland Garvin

Fort Myers, Florida

Paul Reynolds, I am not sure if you are aware that only 28.5% of the water in the lake comes from the Kissimmee basin. 43% of the water in the lake results from rain falling on the lake itself; unless you are going to put a roof over the lake then this 43% must be addressed and the only way that can be done is with southern storage and conveyance; which also benefits FL Bay and ENP. The legacy nutrients in the lake alone make this fresh rain water bad but the worst part about it for SWFL is the VOLUME of the water. 
As for the role of the The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.) I would suggest that the role of the paper should be more than just presenting objections as the writers and editors live in this community and, much like instructions from a judge to a potential juror they are supposed to follow the law but not to leave their common sense at the door. Some common sense would help us in this battle to clean our water. The TCPalm has become an advocate for the safety of it's citizens and health of it's community; why should we not expect the same from our paper?

Oct 18, 2016 11:10am

Mike Downing

Works at Retired

The South Florida Water Management District would not have to continuously write PR letters if they simply focused on restoring the natuaral flow of Lake O to the South and Southwest and then into Florida Bay...

Oct 16, 2016 10:09am


Steve Prendiville ·

Fort Myers, Florida

Mitchell Hutchcraft from King Ranch has zero credibility. We all know water must flow south. One of the parcels in Joe Negrons plan is owned by King Ranch

Oct 16, 2016 10:22am


Tom Pritchard

Maybe if you stopped pumping sugar cane field water into the rim canal your work load would be lessened!

Oct 16, 2016 9:44am