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Old 02-08-2019, 09:34 AM
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OK everyone, here is our opportunity to submit meaningful comments regarding the toxic algae and Lake Okeechobee discharges.

https://mast.house.gov/lors

You can submit comments online there, or attend one of the Public Meetings Rep. Brain Mast has scheduled over the next month.
There will be meetings in Lehigh Acres, Okeechobee, Clewiston, Stuart, West Palm Beach, Miami Gardens, and somewhere in Broward County (TBD).

Enough of this toxic algae.
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Old 02-09-2019, 07:02 AM
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I've been to several public meetings with ACOE. My take..Corps doesn't give a dam. Just a feel good exercise to placate the public. If they were serious, they would be addressing the PROBLEM not the SYMPTOM. The problem is pollution from Orlando and Kissimmee River. The symptom is the crap in Lake O.

The issue about Orlando and its pollution is very difficult to resolve. It won't get cured in our lifetime. Drainage thru the everglades is just a red herring to divert attention from the REAL problem.

Public education about the REAL issues is what is important. Very few people understand the issue, but everyone is pissed off, and wasting energy and time complaining about the wrong issues.
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...,like the government has ever taken any favorable action for the people as a result of public comment?
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...,like the government has ever taken any favorable action for the people as a result of public comment?
Sure. Maybe not to the extent this thread is referring to but I've been to numerous public meetings with FDOT for projects affecting my neighborhood and they were suprisingly accommodating.
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Sure. Maybe not to the extent this thread is referring to but I've been to numerous public meetings with FDOT for projects affecting my neighborhood and they were suprisingly accommodating.
FDOT is more human. ACOE is arrogant, aloof, and 100% military.
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My brother in-law just passed last week with liver cancer and has been fishing Lake Okeechobee most of his life. Really got me to thinking about the connection between the toxic algae bloom and cancer. I have read that algae bloom causes all kinds of nasty stuff to humans.
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It really says something that the majority of us don't have any faith that our elected officials will listen to us.
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My brother in-law just passed last week with liver cancer and has been fishing Lake Okeechobee most of his life. Really got me to thinking about the connection between the toxic algae bloom and cancer. I have read that algae bloom causes all kinds of nasty stuff to humans.
Mercury from Russian power plants. Really. A LONG story, but I'll print it if you're interested.
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Old 02-12-2019, 11:53 AM
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I've been to several public meetings with ACOE. My take..Corps doesn't give a dam. Just a feel good exercise to placate the public. If they were serious, they would be addressing the PROBLEM not the SYMPTOM. The problem is pollution from Orlando and Kissimmee River. The symptom is the crap in Lake O.

The issue about Orlando and its pollution is very difficult to resolve. It won't get cured in our lifetime. Drainage thru the everglades is just a red herring to divert attention from the REAL problem.

Public education about the REAL issues is what is important. Very few people understand the issue, but everyone is pissed off, and wasting energy and time complaining about the wrong issues.
This. The Corp’s job is too keep the water in the Lake from flooding the surrounding area. That’s including all the towns and residents there. And that’s what they’re going to keep as their first priority. And if any of us lived there, that’s what we would want to be first. Plus, what are y’all gonna say that’s new? They’ve heard it time and time again. I’m not saying give up, just that you’re wasting time sending in comments, especially if you’re bad mouthing them. That will probably result in your letter going in the trash, your e mail being deleted, or them totally ignoring you if you start ranting at one of the meetings.

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Old 03-16-2019, 08:36 AM
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Latest from Brian Mast:

This week the new South Florida Water Management District board members officially took their seats. The old board was ousted by Governor Ron DeSantis for failing their responsibility to be transparent and accountable to the people of Florida.

I am optimistic that working alongside this new group of water leaders, we will be able to make real progress to stop discharges and restore the Everglades.

Of course, we can’t rest on small victories before the larger battle is won. Over the last 21 days, the Corps has discharged an average of 500 cubic feet per second of water to the St. Lucie estuary.

I definitely appreciate the Army Corps' acknowledgement that lower lake levels heading into wet season this year is a good thing, and I hope they continue sending the water south in the months to come. But we absolutely must keep fighting against these harmful releases.

The bottom line is that discharging toxic water to our coast doesn’t need to be a part of the Corps’ efforts to lower the lake. These discharges to the St. Lucie damage our estuary, devastate our economy and threaten the health and human safety of our communities. The costs simply outweigh the benefits.

The good news is that the Corps announced this week they will be reducing these discharges by about half. But that’s still not nearly enough. And we must keep up the fight until we are consistently receiving no discharges to the St. Lucie.

We must send the water south and stop putting our coastal communities public health and human safety at risk. I won’t stop fighting, and I hope you won’t either.
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The ACOE is the villian, and simply tells the public what they think they want to hear. if you send Orlando's and the Kissimmee river basin water south, you will further destroy the everglades. There is simply too much pollution coming south to cope with!
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