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Hey Naples, did you know your tourism, recreation, and real estate economies all depend on clean water?
Because of the interconnectedness of our waterways, restoring the southerly flow of freshwater in the Everglades will benefit Naples' water quality and community in many ways.
1) EVERGLADES RESTORATION WILL HELP MITIGATE RED TIDE
Due to excess nutrient pollution, the waters off Naples are prone to red tide, which can cause respiratory irritation in humans and be devastating to wildlife.
Instead of flushing billions of gallons of nutrient-laden water from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee River, Everglades restoration projects will store, clean, and send water south, so it can nourish the Everglades and Florida Bay.
2) LESS HARMFUL DISCHARGES MEAN A STRONGER SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ECONOMY
Everglades restoration will reduce harmful discharges into the pristine beaches and waterways we all love for boating, kayaking, and some of the greatest fishing on Earth.
Collier County has experienced how red tide and fish kills can affect every aspect of our economy, including real estate, hospitality, and retail. When our waterways are unhealthy, recreational fishing and boating – which bring millions of dollars into our economy – is greatly impacted.
3) EVERGLADES RESTORATION HELPS PLANTS AND ANIMALS
The Everglades is home to over 2,000 species of flora and fauna. Everglades restoration is the only measure that will increase the southerly freshwater flow needed to stabilize the ecosystem’s critical habitats that support world-renowned biodiversity.
Thousands of tourists and locals visit the Ten Thousand Islands, Big Cypress National Preserve, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Rookery Bay, and countless other parts of the Everglades ecosystem in Southwest Florida whose biodiversity depends on a healthy Everglades.
The Everglades Foundation is moving Everglades restoration forward
and protecting our vitally important waterways as well as: