Thursday 4/21/11 @ 8pm on Cable 3 & 440
Water. It is the lifeblood of humanity — fueling our bodies, our lives and our economy. With more than 700 freshwater streams, 50,000 miles of rivers and 1,350 miles of coastline — water shapes Florida’s past and future. But our supply is stressed. The Sunshine State’s growing population and periods of drought have taxed our most precious resource. Fish kills, faulty septic systems and fertilizers threaten the water quality in Southwest Florida. A 2011 Estuaries Report Card shows many of waterways are in bad shape, creating a danger to our wildlife habitat. With 50 to 60 inches of rain every year, Florida has more of this natural resource than most states in the nation, so how could supply ever be a worry? It is. This is the water we drink. Watershed protection is vital. Cleanup is expensive. Will raising awareness create change? Perhaps there is something we can all do to ensure a healthy future. Join WGCU’s Your Voice as we assemble a panel of local leaders, experts and scientists to talk about the state of Florida’s most precious resource. We want to hear your ideas and suggestions as Your Voice explores Water: The Lifeblood of Southwest Florida.