Carl Hiaasen gets it right in his Feb. 9 column, Florida muddying the waters far from home. Floridians should support the efforts of the successful Chesapeake Bay restoration, not attack other states’ collaborative solutions to address pollution and water quality.
In Florida, we have our own challenges with ensuring clean water for residents, tourists and national parks. We need to find ways to come together to solve our issues like the Chesapeake states have demonstrated. Water quality and quantity are critical for our state’s natural springs and our quality of life.
The Chesapeake Bay and the Everglades are nationally significant, providing drinking water for millions of Americans, supporting critical jobs, local economies and amazing recreational opportunities. Rather than fighting against another water body, or ourselves, we should expend that energy on working together to find viable solutions that can be successful and replicated in watersheds across the country.
John Adornato III, director, Sun Coast Regional, National Parks Conservation Association, Hollywood