Water-Related News

Scores turn out for clean water on Fort Myers Beach

Supporters of clean water in Southwest Florida gathered at the Fort Myers Beach Pier on Saturday, calling for government action on water quality.

The rally, attended by about 150, was put on by the Southwest Florida Clean Water Movement, led by John Heim. Other groups, including Captains for Clean Water were present.

“This is to keep the pressure on. It’s a multiplex effort to try and get the action we need for clean water not just in Lee County and Southwest Florida, but everywhere,” Heim said.

Lake Okeechobee releases and their link to brown water and green algae fueled Saturday's protest. Massive blooms have recently shut down beaches and recreational areas on Florida's east coast. Gov. Rick Scott has asked President Obama to declare a federal emergency over discharges from Okeechobee. Although Southwest Florida has encountered murky water and algae blooms, no beaches here were closed.