1.3 Million Jobs in Florida at Risk

David Levin 09/08/2016

Taken right from CaptainsForCleanWater.org “Florida’s $9.7 billion fishing industry (129,000 jobs), $10.4 billion boating industry (83,000 jobs) and $89.1 billion tourism industry (1.1 million jobs) need healthy estuaries to exist.”

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An estuary is a partially enclosed body of brackish water with one of more rivers or streams flowing into it with a free connection to the open sea. They are essential to the coastal ecosystems and wildlife of Florida. They are also the gates to our beautiful shores & beaches.

Estuaries on the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts alike are facing a disaster from the run-off from Lake Okeechobee.

How is this happening? The Herbert Hoover Dike is preventing the fresh water from flowing naturally south. Instead of flowing into and through the Everglades as it has throughout history, it overflows east and west.

In simplest terms, this is throwing off the ecosystem and causing disastrous results including algae blooms.

Do more research on the problems, proposed solution & get on board with the #NowOrNeverglades hashtag on Twitter. Make sure to follow the Captains for Clean Water and check out their website for more information and donation options. It’s #NowOrNeverglades!


David M. Levin is a Shareholder of the Icard/Merrill law firm. His practice is concentrated in the area of environmental and waterfront property law.

David M. Levin, Esq. Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A.

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  • Denise Nipper
    August 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    What can we (common Florida residents) do to help. I love our state and want to help.

  • Steven Guy
    August 14, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    I would appreciate also knowing the answer to Denise Nipper’s question. Hers is also my question.

  • Laurie Glanz
    August 15, 2016 at 3:39 am

    Denise Nipper and Steven Guy, please join us at The SWFL Clean Water Movement on Facebook. We and many other groups are protesting and fighting for clean water

  • Randy Derham
    August 16, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    We need our water clean for more then one reason


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