U.S. Army Corps of Engineers meetings now have a much greater understanding of our estuary and how the Lake Okeechobee water releases affect our region. PURRE's discussions with the Corps played a significant role in this big step forward.
In 2005, the South Florida Water Management District reported that the condition of the Caloosahatchee River was “good” and acceptable. PURRE joined with Riverwatch to place the Caloosahatchee on the list of the Most Endangered Rivers in the United States. It placed seventh that year, which helped the water management district to realize the river's condition was not “good,” and certainly not acceptable.
By helping to educate local and state realtors, PURRE played a part in the decision of the Florida State Board of Realtors to take the water quality issue to its national organization and representatives in Washington.
Representatives of Chambers of Commerce throughout the state are now addressing the water quality problems and their effects on businesses. The economic fallout from dirty water is an issue PURRE has brought to the forefront.
Through news articles, presentations to groups throughout the region, attendance at water meetings, email and postal communications, and its Web site, PURRE keeps the water quality issue front-and-center.
Only educated citizens can make a difference. Click here to arrange a PURRE presentation for your group or association.