|Published:||Aug 26, 2013 6:48 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 26, 2013 11:55 PM EDT|
CAPTIVA ISLAND, Fla. - "Your water. Your future. Your choice." That's the slogan, hoping to help tackle the topic of Southwest Florida's water quality.
The Gulf waters usually look like a crystal clear blue-green, but some of the water is a coffee-color after freshwater releases from Lake Okeechobee.
People are showing up to the 'Tween Waters Inn on Captiva Island for the forum titled "Coastal Estuaries in Peril." It's happening Monday from 6:00 - 7:30pm.
A panel of scientists and the public will talk about the challenges and solutions to the Lake Okeechobee releases.
The Army Corp of Engineers recently decreased the amount of water flowing from the lake, but says releases are necessary to protect homes in the area around the lake from flooding.
But some people, and environmental activists in southwest Florida say the releases are killing local wildlife, and ruining tourism.
Former Lee County Commissioner Ray Judah is now the coordinator for the Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition. Judah is acting as the forum moderator.
"I really want people to ask the penetrating questions and they're going to get the brutal truth tonight. Those people who are here tonight, will have the information so they can better communicate with the elected officials that can make a difference in helping correct this problem," said Judah.