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This post today is the fourth consecutive post at this website – www.goodmorningfloridakeys.com – spawned from a water quality forum co-hosted about two weeks ago by Last Stand and Everglades Law Center at the Eco-Discovery Center in Key West.
First below this introduction, read my email to Regena, assistant to Assistant Secretary (Civil) of the Army Corps of Engineers Jo-Ellen Darcy, and the two emails included in that email to Regina. That will give you the main theme.
When I spoke with Regena on the telephone, she gave me her direct email address on condition that I not disclose it for all the world to see, because, she said, they did not want to be blasted with emails from all over everywhere. I said I didn’t blame them.
Perhaps not entirely coincidence, Regena told me she has blood relatives living in Alabama, including Birmingham, my hometown.
Then scroll down and read my first email to Regena, and all the emails included.
What little confidence I still had in Last Stand before the water quality forum evaporated at the forum, which I left convinced was a sham, if not an outright fraud. Then, it got worse.
To: regena email@example.com
Subject: P.S. RE: Last Stand/Everglades
Date: Thu, 8 May 2014 07:19:02 -0400
Subject: FW: Last Stand/Everglades
Date: Tue, 6 May 2014 14:05:16 -0400
Sloan Bashinsky, ex-lawyer on the lam from Birmingham (title to a new song, maybe, or a new book)
Date: Tue, 6 May 2014 11:15:11 -0400
Subject: Re: Last Stand/Everglades
thanks, sent to you from this email account, too, because sometimes my other email account firstname.lastname@example.org – is treated as SPAM and goes into junk mail.
my cell, 305-4-7-4285See 3 most recent posts at www.goodmorningfloridakeys.com
Good evening.I will send your comments along to Naja.Thank you for your concern and passion regarding the importance of clean water for the present and going into the future. It is certainly shameful that so much damage has been done.Respectfully,Susan ReutlingExecutive CoordinatorOn Mon, May 5, 2014 at 7:30 PM, sloan bashinsky <email@example.com> wrote:Naja:From Last Stand’s Action Alert:
The Solution: Good plans exist to clean Okeechobee’s water in the form of the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP), but funding for implementation of these critically important projects is stalled. CEPP needs to be included in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) now being considered in Congress. But the Army Corps needs to act first.Is there a comprehensive explanation of these “good plans”? If so, where can it be seen? Have the “good plans” been test-driven? Are they just theoretical? What are they? What is their history? What scientists will stake their jobs and reputations, their lives even, that these “good plans” will work, if implemented? How much will it cost to build and implement the system to clean all that dirty water?I ask, because said “good plans” were not described at the recent water quality forum at Eco-Discovery Center in Key West, despite my repeated attempts to get the scientists to describe said “good plans”. Nor, after the forum, during your and my email back and forth, did you describe the “good plans”. In fact, you never once said the technology is there, or is doable, to clean all that dirty water before releasing it into the Everglades.Certainly, the fresh water flow needs to be restored into the Glades. It was heinous what was done to the Glades, Florida Bay, and the Florida Keys and reef by fertilizer runoff, which led to the cut off of a great deal of water from going into the Glades. It was heinous sending that dirty water into Lake Okeechobee and from there to the east and west Florida coasts.I still don’t understand why you still don’t tell the powers that be the dirty water is killing manatee on the east and west coasts, by destroying the water grasses they eat – that’s about the same as killing whales, conchs, sea grasses, sea turtles, corals, key deer and people with WMD – chemical weapons.Maybe, instead, Last Stand should lobby the powers that be to buy up all the farms in the watershed above the Glades, then let Mother Nature clean up those farms as time passes, and then let the Glades go back to being how they were before the invasive species, and I don’t mean giant foreign snakes, walking catfish, killer lizards, etc. introduced into the Glades by the invasive species – humans.Sloan
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*** ACTION ALERT ***
Keys water quality is at risk
The health of Florida Bay is in jeopardy
Your help is needed now to get “CEPP” on the Army Corps’ front burner
The Problem: Last summer, releases of excess “dirty” fresh water from Lake Okeechobee to the east and west caused major water quality problems on both heavily populated coasts. The degraded quality created a clamor for any future excess fresh water to be released instead south into the Everglades. Without first cleaning that water, such discharge would surely harm Florida Bay.
The Solution: Good plans exist to clean Okeechobee’s water in the form of the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP), but funding for implementation of these critically important projects is stalled. CEPP needs to be included in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) now being considered in Congress. But the Army Corps needs to act first.
How You Can Help: Today call or email the offices of two key DC policymakers (Senator Rubio and Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen) and ask them to sign on to the letter that asks the Army Corps to approve the CEPP project. Remember to give your name, tell them where you live, and remind them that any funding delay is harmful both to Everglades Restoration efforts and to the people of the Keys who rely on good water quality for their livelihoods, recreation and health.
Senator Marco Rubio
DC office: (202) 224-304
South Florida office: (305) 418-8553
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
DC office: (202) 225-3931
South Florida office: (305) 668-2285
And thank you for all YOU do!
Please see the following Everglades Caucus letter signed by supportive representatives.
April 25, 2014
The Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy
Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)
108 Army Pentagon, Room 3E446
Washington, DC 20310-0108
Dear Assistant Secretary:
We are writing to express our extreme disappointment with the Army Corps Civil Works Review Board’s decision to delay proceeding forward with finalizing the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) and to urge the Corps to reconvene as quickly as possible in order to finalize the CEPP Chief’s Report.
The importance of this project to America’s Everglades cannot be understated. Every rainy season, the Army Corps sends discharges of nutrient heavy fresh water from Lake Okeechobee out to our coastal estuaries instead of sending the water south to the critical habitats of Everglades National Park that desperately need fresh water. Discharges of nutrient heavy fresh water from Lake Okeechobee have plagued the coastal estuaries and communities of Florida for far too long. These releases contribute to an influx of fresh water harmful to public health, the fragile estuaries, and tourism-based economies of the area. The opposite problem exists south of the lake where fresh water is desperately needed to restore the natural ecosystem and crucial habitats of Everglades National Park. Delaying the approval and construction and implementation of CEPP is harmful to Everglades restoration efforts and to people of south Florida that rely on fresh water for their health and their livelihoods. Time is of the essence in moving forward with this critical Everglades restoration project.
We welcome members of the Review Board to witness first-hand the serious environmental problems that the completion of CEPP will help address, such as the damage that releases from Lake Okeechobee have on the coastal estuaries and the communities that depend on the water quality of their local waterways.
We again urge the Army Corps to move forward as expeditiously as possible. Please provide us with a written response that includes the upcoming dates and schedule for the Army Corps’ plans to finalize CEPP.
Patrick E. Murphy, MEMBER OF CONGRESS
Bill Nelson, UNITED STATES SENATOR
Ander Crenshaw, MEMBER OF CONGRESS
Ted Deutch, MEMBER OF CONGRESS
Mario Diaz-Balart, MEMBER OF CONGRESS
Lois Frankel,MEMBER OF CONGRESS
Joe Garcia, MEMBER OF CONGRESS
Alcee L. Hastings, MEMBER OF CONGRESS
Bill Posey, MEMBER OF CONGRESS
Tom J. Rooney, MEMBER OF CONGRESS
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, MEMBER OF CONGRESS
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