In her brief presentation, she described threats to the Florida Bay and how Senate Bill 10 and House Bill 761 will abate the situation. She identified the UKAN group as an alert, willing, and passionate group; willing to act to make a difference and so outlined effective action steps for the audience to take.
In the summer of 2015, drought conditions created a hypersaline situation in the Florida Bay which triggered a massive sea grass die-off. Facing a 50,000 acre area of dead sea grass is a recipe for concern and an undeniable symptom of a greater problem. The out of sight, out of mind irony of the problem clouds the severity of the issue as it relates to the economic vitality of south Florida.
Florida Bay Forever is in agreement with the scientific community that the solution to bring more fresh water to the Florida Bay is to expedite the “reservoir project” which has been a critical but overlooked component of CERP (the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan). Senate President Joe Negron agrees with expediting the reservoir project and southern storage in that it would not only aid the Florida Bay but also the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries. By building a reservoir on 60,000 acres of land in the Everglades Agricultural Area, more fresh water would be available to the Bay, and Lake Okeechobee discharges into the estuaries would be considerably lessened. Senator Negron supports Senate Bill 10 which expedites the reservoir project.
Ms. Jolin asked the crowd to make phone calls to local and state legislators, sign on to a letter, attend a meeting and participate in the text to action campaign (text “FISH” to 52886). She encouraged people to connect with Florida Bay Forever via the website www.FloridaBayForever.org, by phone at 305-393-0994, or on Facebook at Florida Bay Forever.