Wednesday, October 23, 2019

All Time Record

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


Marco is to be congratulated! We set an All Time Record for Nitrogen in our waterways for 2018!

Five years in a row for increasing Nitrogen content in our waterways! They don’t test for phosphorous as it is illegal for use on Marco Island but is spread every single day by our own city reuse water.

Background Nitrogen level is less than any of our waterways so we are only making it worse!

The Jolley Bridge samples are the lowest of our samples! This means that Naples, Okeechobee, Goodland, Isles of Capri and Lightning are not the primary cause of Marco’s Impaired Waterways.

Nitrogen is a proven nutrient for blue green algae blooms and our neighbors to the north in Sarasota county are dealing with flesh eating bacterial outbreaks.

Is that what we want? When are we going to stop kicking the can down the road and blaming it on things beyond our control?

When are we going to get rid of controllable Nitrogen nutrients on Marco Island?

Reuse water and landscape fertilizer are controllable sources for both nitrogen and phosphorous. Yet we do nothing to control the amount of these nutrients deposited on our island and then easily runoff into our canals with each tidal flow change and rainstorm.

The Council turned down the opportunity to contract with Univ Of Florida to study the sources for our water pollution. They repeatedly turned down spending and extra $15,000 to test monthly instead of quarterly. We still test quarterly and then review the results 5 months later which is like driving a car while looking in the rear view mirror.

Council members are anxious to spend over $10 million on new parks but won’t raise sewer rates by a quarter of that to clean up the reuse water.

Yet they knowingly put Marco’s beaches and aquatic sealife at risk of being closed off.

Contact our City Council members that are supposed to be acting on our behalf!

David Rasmussen
Marco Island

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