Blame the Politicians not Mother Nature
Sick and tired of the algae bloom that’s polluting our waterways?
Blame “irresponsible government oversight” for the problem, not Mother Nature, says former Lee County Commissioner Ray Judah.
In an op-ed piece published in the Naples Daily News this week, Judah said:
“The harmful blue-green algae bloom that has plagued Lee County waters is directly attributable to irresponsible government oversight on the timing and volume of water released from Lake Okeechobee and excessive nutrients, sediments and the toxic brew of insecticides, pesticides and fungicides released from sugarcane fields into the lake.”
He concludes, “In the 2018 elections, people have the opportunity to ‘get the water right’ by voting for the right candidates who will represent the public interest.”
That sentiment was echoed by Annisa Karim, a wildlife ecologist and the Democratic nominee for state Senate in District 28, which includes all of Collier and Hendry counties and southeastern Lee County.
“At all levels of government, we rely on our elected officials to act in the public’s best interests and not in the interests of a few big corporations,” she said.
“Water is the lifeblood of Florida; altered water quality, quantity, and overall management affect our natural areas and in turn, our economy. Hoping that the wrong people will make the best decisions is pointless. We need elected leaders who actually understand our hydrology and managed water systems and have the guts to do what’s right for the people of Florida.
“It’s time to send scientists to Tallahassee.”
The career politicians we’ve been sending to the state capital have gotten us into this mess. It’s time for a change.
The complete text of Judah’s article can be read HERE.