A Resource Worth Fighting For

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Photo by Louis Cahill

Photo by Louis Cahill

By Louis Cahill

On April 12th, the Florida Senate Appropriations Committee approved Bill 10 to build a reservoir to curb Lake Okeechobee discharges.

Finally we are close to some meaningful action, which could help restore the premier U.S. fishery. Clean waters and natural flows are one of the most crucial conservation challenges of our generation. Only by restoring the natural flow of clean, fresh water into the Everglades can we save the fisheries of the Everglades, Florida Bay and the Florida Keys. Now is time to make our voices heard by the Florida House. They are all that stands between us and real, lasting change.

Don’t kid yourself that this is a done deal. There are lots of folks behind this bill, on both sides of the aisle, but there is big money against it. The sugar industry does not want it to pass, so we have to keep the pressure on. Even if you don’t live in Florida, speak up. Remember, Florida relies on its tourists. We all have a voice in this.

Last time I called Florida “America’s greatest fishery,” I got some push back from anglers around the country. I’m not knocking your fisheries, but tell me this, Where else can you find hundreds of species of fish, some weighing in over 200 pounds and traveling in schools of hundreds, and every single one of them is wild? If you are not fishing in Florida, you should be.

Please watch the video, produced by Orvis, below. I’m proud to be a sponsor of the film and happy to support the good work Perk Perkins and Orvis are doing on this effort. You can help, too.

Here’s what you can do to help:

1Tell Florida’s leaders to support House Bill 761 to build the EAA Reservoir. Text the word “WATER” to 52886.

2Visit the Orvis Commitment Everglades page to learn how Orvis will match your donation to help fund the important work of the Everglades Foundation.

3Visit the Everglades Foundation to learn how you can get involved on the ground.

4Sign the #NowOrNeverglades Declaration

Louis Cahill
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5 thoughts on “A Resource Worth Fighting For

  1. Amen, brother. Impacting fishery and on quality of ecosystem felt on SW Florida Coast as well. Let’s not have a fishery and ecosystem and way of life we tell our grandchildren about. Let’s have one we can SHOW them and experience with them and pass on to them for years to come.
    R.A. , Placida,FL

  2. Louis I get push back all the time, but not from anglers but from the people who are supposed to be protecting the environment. FWC and the fisheries people are a step ahead of the environmental people. We have to keep up the pressure, because without clean water there is no fishery.

  3. Louis, I appreciate your efforts to keep this info out there at the forefront with all anglers. I am an Oregon resident but have relatives in Florida and make an annual trip to fish this area and the guides in the know have been worried at the changes they have seen for some time. Thank you for all the great info you provide to us!

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