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We demand local water testing

Letter to the Editor

December 21, 2016
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

We demand local water testing

To the Editor:

This past week members of the SWFL Clean Water Movement met with Town Council Member Tracy Gore and town environmental technician Rae Blake to discuss the idea for localized water quality tests and informing the general public via our own data collected by Rae Blake. ?The SWFL Clean Water Movement is committed to bringing awareness about the harmful effects from the Lake O discharges onto our community and now looks to work with town council and staff to better ensure what we can do to protect our local waterways and to provide information to about them to all.

What the clean water activism group is proposing is to have Rae do local testing for bacterial levels, phosphorus intake and nitrogen loads, and to make the results public information through several sources: one, revamping the town webpage with a water quality tab and page devoted to up-to-date information; two, we ask for the three local newspapers to run her reports each and every week; and three, to install QR codes with a direct link to her data on every beach access sign for every beachgoer to simply scan the QR code with their smartphones and be directed to the link. This will ensure up-to-date scientific data of whether the water is safe or not for residents and visitors alike instantly. Meanwhile the SWFL Clean Water Movement plans to demonstrate and educate on the Matanzas Pass Bridge every day at sunset starting on Jan. 1 until these requests are met by our town hall and town council members. ?

We ask from all of you not only to participate in the daily demonstrations but also we ask you to write our town council and call them to demand transparency when it comes to our troubled waterways conditions. ?

We as Fort Myers Beach may not be able to fix the Lake Okeechobee discharges debacle, however we can be proactive as a town leadership by testing on water locally and providing that information to the general public at large. ?

We will also have a form of petition that all concerned and those in agreement for these basic needs to ask the Town Council to agree to these very important terms. ?We will stand on the bridge for as long it takes the council to decide whether they will or will not agree to local water quality tests and information to the general public. ?

John G Heim ?

Co-founder of the SWFL Clean Water Movement and?33 year resident of FMB.



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