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NPCA Organizes Flamingo Meet Up with Army Corp

The National Parks Conservation Association held an on-the-water meet and greet on October 17 to continue to foster a dialog among stakeholders about the value of Everglades Restoration and specifically about the value of crafting the Combined Operations Plan into one that actually acts as a return on investment, delivering the maximum amount of water to the Florida Bay as possible.

Dr. Steve Davis of the Everglades Foundation explained that Florida Bay is, “on the brink”: it suffers from a plumbing redesign that simply does not meet the needs of the ecosystem.

Captains for Captains for Clean Water reiterated their need for a viable body of water in order to sustain their livelihood. They can easily make the case that they are part of a multi million dollar tourist wheel that feeds the south Florida economy. A Florida Bay in ruins is ground for an economy in ruins.

Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Reynolds Makes Her Case

 Lieutenant Reynolds joins the flotilla to get a first hand look at the murky waters of the Florida Bay.  Photo credit Gary Gillet.

Lieutenant Reynolds joins the flotilla to get a first hand look at the murky waters of the Florida Bay. Photo credit Gary Gillet.

Lieutenant Reynolds joined the flotilla and was willing to look, listen, and learn. These qualities have allowed her to thrive as a leader in the ongoing and contentious conversation about Everglades Restoration.

She made the point that the Army Corp, while tasked with building projects, has a limited amount of input on what gets built, when things get built, and also where the money is coming from.

She reminded us all that she works for the people, but that the people need to be involved.

Good advice we can all take to heed.