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Efforts must continue

October 5, 2016
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

To the editor:

We should all give kudos to the City of Sanibel for putting our inland water quality at the head of its list of goals for the coming year.

But to keep things in perspective, this is not an act of preservation. It is an act of restoration, a long over due but welcome act of restoration.

The Sanibel River was officially designated by the State of Florida as an impaired waterway almost 20 years ago and it has been slowly deteriorating since that time. I can speak with authority only on that section of the river between Donax and Casa Yabel, but compared with the tropical paradise it was 15 years ago, any accurate description of the water quality and bird, fish, and animal populations goes well beyond impaired.

It is also encouraging to hear that the city is accepting the reality that along with bad fertilizers and over building, the many millions of gallons of municipal reuse water that we have pumped onto or soil every year has been a very significant factor in the deterioration of our open water quality.

I accept the fact that the overall condition of our waterway may never return to the level it was 20 years ago; at least not in my life time. But if we all get behind the city and give them our overall support and encouragement, my great grandson may some day enjoy the river as I once did.

Sterling Fulmer




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