Originally published by Cape Coral Daily Breeze on September 7, 2023
The League of Women Voters of Lee County will be holding a LWVLee Educational Event called Clean Water in Lee County: Issues, Solutions and Actions on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 to 11 a.m. The event will be virtual as well as in person at Collaboratory at 2031 Jackson St. in Fort Myers.
Registration and networking start at 9 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:30.
Clean water is essential to our health and economy in Lee County. Yet serious threats exist in conditions such as toxic algae.
The program’s speakers, Joseph Bonasia and Codty Pierce, will lead an informed discussion on the issues, solutions, and actions that we can take to solve the issues.
Bonasia is a retired teacher and currently serves as Chair of Florida Rights of Nature Network (FRONN) and Operation and Communications Director of FloridaRightToCleanWater.org, the two organizations behind the campaign to amend our Florida Constitution with a fundamental “Right to Clean and Healthy Waters.”
Bonasia will explain why we need Florida needs a constitutional right to clean water. He will explain how the amendment will help protect our waters, provide specific examples regarding Southwest Florida water quality issues, describe the amendment process, the status of our campaign, and how LWV members can help qualify the amendment for the 2024 ballot.
Pierce, Calusa Waterkeeper, is a life-long resident of the Caloosahatchee watershed. Growing up along one of its many tributaries helped shape his passion, love and admiration for the area’s history and biodiversity. This complex ecosystem that has supported flourishing civilizations longer than written record, has been a natural inspiration to him, while growing up in the community. Pierce’s early background in reptiles, wetland restoration and native plant landscaping coupled with a career as a professional fishing guide has created a unique collage of in-the-field experience across local uplands, wetlands, estuaries and nearshore Gulf waters. To protect and restore the Caloosahatchee River from Lake Okeechobee to coastal waters is the mission – and in Pierce you will find the passion to unite and protect this special watershed.
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