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Calusa Waterkeeper annual membership meeting May 19th

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From Calusa Waterkeeper

Please join us for the annual membership meeting on Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, at the Franklin Lock south bank picnic area (1660 S Franklin Lock Rd, Alva). This will be a potluck meal, so bring a dish to share and a chair. Also, feel free to bring friends and neighbors who share your concern for clean water.

John Cassani, Calusa Waterkeeper, and others will discuss the condition of our waters and what you can do to help protect and restore them. John has become a regular feature in print and broadcast media over the last several weeks discussing the fecal storm that has hit several locations in Lee County.

The meeting will have a focus on bacteria contamination in Billy’s Creek and other local waters. Hot spots in Billy’s Creek have fecal bacteria counts 68 times the threshold level. Environmental justice demands a remedy for this situation. We are also reaching out to residents who live on or near the Creek to attend this meeting.

If it had not been for Calusa Waterkeeper's monitoring of Billy's Creek and bringing the fecal contamination to the public's attention, this problem would have continued unaddressed. Local governments have known of the problem for the past 17 years and failed to take action. Moreover this contamination will only grow worse in the Caloosahatchee River Basin when the summer rains start and stormwater runoff increases. Your support proves critical. If you have not renewed your membership please do so. Visit our website to renew your membership or you can make a donation to our water quality monitoring program so we can continue to play a watch-dog role.

We look forward to seeing you at the Franklin Lock picnic area. Most appreciative if you would let us know if you will be able to attend, please contact Secretary@CalusaWaterkeeper.org.