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Wyler Gins, the president of the FGCU Fishing Club, talks to the protesters of the rally. Students enrolled in professor Amanda Parke’s Rhetoric of Social Movements course teamed up with the Southwest Clean Water Movement organization and held FGCU’s first Rally for Clean Water at the Veteran’s Pavilion. (EN Photo/Rachel Iacovone)

Students hold water rally for Lake ‘O’

April 20, 2016

FGCU students who walked through the library lawn on Monday, April 18 were greeted by activists with bullhorns, concerned students and possibly paid-off protestors. Students enrolled in professor Amanda...

EN Photo / Rachel Stroecker

Lake O releases’ effect on Caloosahatchee discussed in town hall meeting

April 7, 2016

As the sun set on the Caloosahatchee River in downtown Fort Myers, the City Pier Building was still buzzing with activity. Drew Steele, the host of Fox News 92.5 Daybreak radio show, invited five politicians...

In Lake Okeechobee, nothing is more certain than change

In Lake Okeechobee, nothing is more certain than change

April 6, 2016

As Heraclitus said in Plato’s “Cratylus,” “everything changes and nothing remains still … you cannot step twice into the same stream.” The current Lake Okeechobee water releases have stirred...

Gov. Scott should think about Florida residents, not tourists

April 6, 2016

If you’re a native Floridian, you know that a major part of living in the Sunshine State is basking in the sun’s rays and enjoying the numerous lakes, canals and beaches. At least once a week, I find...

Haim posed with the sign that he held for the duration of the meeting. (EN Photo / Rachel Stroecker)

FGCU Students to rally for clean water

April 6, 2016

A group of FGCU students wants to educate the rest of the university about the water issues in Florida — specifically the issues related to the discharges of Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee and...

Freshwater releases threaten Florida’s tourism industry

Freshwater releases threaten Florida’s tourism industry

April 6, 2016

Fort Myers Beach is by no means a ghost town, but local business owners have been impacted by the Lake Okeechobee releases all the same. Josh Stewart, the owner of Adventure in Paradise Boat Cruises and...

Lake Okeechobee releases hurt vegetation and estuaries

Lake Okeechobee releases hurt vegetation and estuaries

April 6, 2016

While the releases of nearly 3,000 cubic feet per second from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee River has been harming Southwest Florida’s economy, tourism and environment, the biggest effect is...

A brief history of Lake Okeechobee’s management

April 6, 2016

According to the Historic 2015-2016 Dry Season Rainfall report from South Florida Water Management District, at the beginning of this year, South Florida saw the highest total of average rainfall, at 16.22...

The audience listens to captain Chris Wittman speak about the CFCWs recently launched PSAs and upcoming documentary. (EN Photo/ Nina Barbero)

Captains for Clean Water releases PSAs, promotes water education

March 17, 2016

Wednesday night’s Captains for Clean Water meeting brought together 60 diverse people — FGCU students and longtime locals, National Rifle Association members and Sierra Club members — to talk about...

Issues with Lake Okeechobee reflect Florida’s history of poor water management

March 7, 2016

“The planet is fine” is one of my all-time favorite skits by the late comedian, George Carlin. If you haven’t watched the skit, stop reading this and go watch it really quick. I’ll wait. That skit...

Captains for Clean Water hosted a meeting at Bass Pro Shops Friday night to talk about the releases from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee River and how it is affecting their lives on the water. (EN Photo / Kelli Krebs)

Captains for Clean Water meet to stop Lake Okeechobee releases

February 20, 2016

Approximately 200 concerned fishermen, boat charter captains and Southwest Florida residents packed a conference room in the Fort Myers Bass Pro Shops to voice their concerns and raise awareness about...

Lake Okeechobee releases hurt local ecosystems

February 12, 2016

Lee County residents can expect to see brown water, dead marine life and sea grass pileups on local beaches thanks to the recent releases of water from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee and the St....

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