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Water shortages; red tide; polluted beaches; dead fish washed ashore…These and other water issues have not just been recent headlines; these incidents have impacted our daily lives and quality of life.
Water is a basic need, without clean, sufficient freshwater for Southwest Florida’s citizens, and the environment, our quality of life is in jeopardy.
Did You Know ??
Fast facts about water
- Less than 1% of the earth’s water is available for consumption.
- Each Floridian uses about 175 gallons of water daily – twice the national average – with about half of that being used for irrigation.
- Man made canals and development provide drainage to low-lying areas in south Florida, but also lower groundwater necessary for public water supply.
- As our freshwater diminishes, the chances increase for saltwater intrusion into our freshwater. Desalination of water costs ten times more than sourcing groundwater.
- South Florida is dependent on rainfall to replenish our drinking water supplies. Average consumption is highest in months rain is scarcest - December through May.
You Can Help Protect Our Water
- Promote "low-impact" home site and landscaping design
- Use environmentally friendly plants, native plants, mulch, low nitrogen phosphorous fertilizers and sound pest control for your yard
- Create rain gardens, add rain barrels, consider xeriscaping and include permeable pavement and stone pathways in your landscape design
- Learn more about water conservation
In Your Community:
- Get Involved - Join the Conservancy!
- Speak out for stronger stormwater regulation for the region (Southwest Florida Basin rule)
- Speak out for stronger stormwater regulation for the state (Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection rule)
- Oppose the destruction and drainage of wetlands and the use of the Harper Methodology which views wetlands as causing pollution
- Support implementation of scientific studies before new canals, ditches, and culverts are created
Learn more about water quality in estuaries and watersheds, or visit the Southwest Florida Water Management website.