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Deep well is no solution

February 15, 2017
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

To the editor:

Your Feb. 3 article says that our state now favors pumping excess storm water down to an aquifer 3,000 feet below sea level. But, it also says that the Everglades are "starved for fresh water."

At a Jan. 30 SCCF pollution seminar on Sanibel, one expert confirmed that the Everglades was short of water. But, he said that the best solution was to create a big reservoir, south of Okeechobee to catch and clean that water, and then send it south through the Everglades, where it's needed. And not to the Caloosahatchee!

He claimed that this solution was opposed by Gov. Scott, because of its cost. If so, Is that why we're hearing about "deep-well disposal?"

In my view, the idea of dumping more pollution into that unknown aquifer is unacceptable! How do we know where it will show up later?

Would that plan be our next "mistake of the century?"

Dick Hasselman




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