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Question of the week: How can the Corps send this water our way?

August 3, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

On Tuesday, I was one of the 500 residents who attended the presentation with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in Cape Coral. Going in, I knew that the Corps is in charge of the discharge of water, not the quality.

First of all, the speaker Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds explained her qualification and that she ran projects around the world - Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Serbia.

Most of these countries burn the American flag and support terrorism. If the Corps want to take credit for these accomplishments, versus correcting problems at home with the discharges from Lake Okeechobee that have been a problem since the 1940s shame on them.

A common question, I think, on everyone's mind is how can you possibly send this water our way? If a private citizen were to dump pollutants into the lake they would be arrested, yet a taxpayer-funded government agency is releasing millions of gallons of pollutants killing off marine life, creating a ecological disaster and affecting our health, tourism, housing values and quality of life. Shame on them for these criminal actions.

The lieutenant colonel explained the releases will continue, the water will not stop, there is no where to store it for years to come, and the residents and taxpayers are collateral damage for these failed actions by the corps.

Being this an election year for governor and senate positions, be cautious. Sen. Bill Nelson, in the past 40 years, did little to correct this problem; the same with Gov Rick Scott. They say this will be corrected in the future yet little was done in the past.

At this time I would like to applaud all people that showed up. Remember there is strength in numbers.

James Michalski

Cape Coral



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