BRAVO to Lake ‘O’ Reroute Solution

The Treasure Coast Relieved

 

The US Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District have collectively agreed to invest more than one billion into rerouting the polluted, excess Lake Okeechobee discharge. The plan will reinstate the natural, historical drainage water patters seen below.

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The Treasure Coast residential and economic partners are relieved, but will remain skeptical until funding is put into action.

 

Local businesses that thrive on tourism and water recreation could not have sustained another ‘release’ season. This is a huge win for The Treasure Coast. The local consensus is “its great to see collaborating organizations (USACE & SFWMD) come to agreement rooted in ethical service to the constituents served”.

 

See the effects of Lake O’s discharge through the Saint Lucie Estuary.

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Bravo to The US Army Corps of Engineers and The South Florida Water Management District!

Photo Credit: TC Palm

 

Cleansed by the Water

My employment history starts at my family bar.

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Not really an 11 year olds dream job… picking cigarette butts out of the men’s room urinals.  BARF!  Of course I was gloved up but it didn’t matter.  This was a job I never cared to do again.

So, I got a job at one of the few restaurants in town, The Driftwood in Linesville, PA.  I waited tables and ran the register.   They had the best bread and pies in town.

It was a good job.  I’d work a 4-5 hour shift and make forty bucks give or take.  It was good money for a 13 year old.  I worked there 4 years and learned the foundation of my work ethics.

Foundation principles:

  • Be organized – constantly evolving
  • Be willing to learn always
  • Be genuine
  • Work hard
  • Be patient
  • Be quick
  • Be polite

My family, basketball and an avid collection of Moms helped engrain what I just somehow recognized as good and right values.

How does it translate now? It translate into every project I touch and today my focus is on water.

It makes sense for me, I’ve been guided by it my whole life.  One of my first memories is of my Mom and I.  She has me on the counter and my bare feet are in the dishwater.  She is singing Patsy Cline and I’m humming it with her.  I can still see the bubbles on my toes and the look in her eyes.  Love.

My Pap works in water chemistry and technology.  For a sizable portion of my youth, I wondered why it seemed like a secret.  Turns out I just asked a lot of questions and his brain was tired.  I understand now… now that I’m a parent.

Fast forward to our last collective family vacation.  It was the summer of ’94.  We went to Ocean City and our place was walking distance to the beach.  I filled my journal with everything and more… the ocean was so inspiring to me.  My liquid energy!

It was on that vacation I discovered; the ocean would be part of my home.  I dreamt about being a marine biologist but missed opportunities short changed that dream. Perhaps for a purpose, because here I am, staring at a new venture in WATER.

Photo Credit: K.McCullough

Photo Credit: K.McCullough

The Florida Earth Foundation in collaboration with impressive university partners, ASCE, USCE, The US Dutch Ambassador, UNESCO-IHE – including humble (but amazing) tech resources are focused on addressing water disconnect.  The goal is to develop ethical, global, water solutions for all through authentic, contributing partnerships.

We are looking for help in raising awareness.  Please consider offering ideas and sharing collaborative opportunities for us all to learn from and work together.  We believe in fostering viable, ethical solutions to dire hydro issues.   Your water; is it a convenience you take for granted?  I know I do.

Join in our conversation.

SOCIAL MEDIA WILL SAVE THE USA! ** Help S A V E the United States!**

The Government is on ‘Strike’!

or vacation while the HOUSE IS BURNING DOWN and we’re ok with it – why?

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LAST TIME I CHECKED The government works FOR THE PEOPLE and the people could give two shits… most don’t even seem to understand [Street View – Kimmel].  Fallon‘s notes.

The fact here is – THIS ISN’T FUNNY!  Seek current events about YOUR HOME.  Your voice matters – you VOTE on your favorite ‘reality’ show… so take initiative to engage here too.

We need to TALK.

Why are we are allowing our HOUSE DIVIDED?

…WE THE PEOPLE?

Do we really not care that the Democratic / Republican sides are so divided and irrational that they are playing a pretty high profile game of CHICKEN.

SOME THANKS FOR MY VOTES!

Obama – the “Campaign Master” understands this game of chess.  After all, he is the president.

However, I know Republican(s) that have said, “I really don’t give a shit… if they’re stupid enough to hire me, then so be it.”

Where is the HEART?

Seriously.

ATTENTION: THOSE OF YOU THAT CARE – SHOW IT!

*SOCIAL MEDIA IS YOUR GLOBAL PLATFORM*

Hurry, use it quick before Obama controls that Medium too!

Sincerely,

SassyKat