August 2007 Newsletter          
Marti Daltry, President          

Special Events

  • Aug 14, LaBelle City Council North Bank Park Workshop (7:00 pm)

  • Aug 29, DEP Public Workshop on TMDL's (9:30 am)

  • Sep 5, CRCA Board Meeting (6:30 pm at Perkins, Hwy 80 at I-75)

Riverwatch day at Hendry House: Landscaping with native plants.

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Thinking Outside the Box

CRCA officers spoke at the Aug 8 SFWMD meeting encouraging government to reject old failed practices and embrace new approaches to restore the health of our estuaries and the life it sustains, both human and animal, for future generations. [Opinion]

Hendry House Flowers

Donate $10 (or more) to the beautification of the LaBelle Hendry House. Riverwatch will be planting new landscaping following the IFAS Florida Yards & Neighborhoods(FYN) designs that feature native plants, low fertilizer inputs and water conservation [Hendry House FYN] [Donate]

WMD Votes Down Backpumping

After contentious public input on Aug 8, the SFWMD Governing Board on Aug 9 voted 4-3 to not resume backpumping into Lake Okeechobee from the Everglades Agricultural Area, a practice that ended in 2001. [AP] [SFWMD Vote] [Sun Sentinel]

Dauray Sides with Reform

Charles Dauray of Estero, the SW Florida member of the SFWMD Governing Board, voted against Lake O backpumping at the Aug 9 meeting. Some were unsure if his vote would reflect water supply or water quality priorities. [Who Voted] [News Press] [Editorial]

Cape Water Action

CWA is a newly formed organization designed to be an educational public outreach to the citizens of Cape Coral and is affiliated with the CRCA-Riverwatch. CWA is conducting its first meeting on November 17,2007 from 13:00 to 15:00. [About CWA] [Meeting Details]

CRCA Comments on Babcock

Riverwatch has submitted comments to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on a permit application submitted by Babcock Property Holdings, LLC. [CRCA Comments] [NY Times Photo] [Corps Public Notice] [Government Contacts]


Conference Focuses on Drought

The 2007 Southwest Florida Water Resources Conf. and AWRA meeting will be held at FGCU on Nov 16, 2007. Sign up early as a sponsor, exhibitor, or attendee. [Conference Website] [Sponsorships] [Registration]

Algae Bloom. Again!

A relatively unfamiliar type of offensive smelling rotting algae mass appeared recently along the Caloosahatchee estuary and some beach areas of SW Florida. Specialists suspect either Lyngbya or Trichodesmium might be the cause this algae bloom. [Bonita News] [Brown Algae Scum]

Rural Water Supply

SFWMD is now demanding appropriate growth, with water sources that do not harm the environment, irrespective of cost. This may see the growth plans of rural Hendry County revised to address more stringent water & sewer requirements. [Article] [NW Hendry Map] [Objections] [County] [Palm Bch Post]

Support Alva Green Center

Area organizations, including CRCA, are supporting a proposal for the Lee County 2020 program to purchase the Corwin property with the help of the Lee County BOCC. Area residents are encouraged to write emails to Lee Commissioners. [AutoEmail] [Addresses]

DEP Workshop on TMDL

The Florida DEP announces a public workshop to initiate the development of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for the Caloosahatchee Basin. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 29 at 9:30 am in Fort Myers. [Meeting Details]

New FWCC Appointees

Gov. Crist has filled three open seats on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission with a developer, an attorney and an earthmoving engineer. This disappoints SW FL environmentalist that endorsed John Cassani, a wildlife specialist. [News-Press] [St. Pete Times]

Captiva to Host Coalition

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation team, including Riverwatch founding member Rae Ann Wessel, will host the 2008 annual meeting of the Everglades Coalition - perhaps Florida's most significant annual environmental event. [Announcement]

LOBO in River Tributaries

Land/Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory (LOBO) which collects and records water-quality in real time 24/7, has started collecting data on Caloosahatchee and its tributaries earlier this week, after being attached to a dock in Tarpon Bay for past month. [Article]

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