|Published:||Sep 17, 2013 6:43 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 17, 2013 10:04 AM EDT|
During a conference call by U.S. Congressman Trey Radel, the phone lines were packed. Many people in Southwest Florida had a lot to say, as the freshman lawmaker spoke about the harmful freshwater releases from Lake Okeechobee and the affects its having on the area.
"It is vital to our environment," Radel said, "And I can't stress this enough, this is vital for our economy. If we have people coming from Europe or from the mid-west who visit our beaches with dirty, filthy, coffee-like water, they're never going to return again."
The congressman is working to pass a bill to help with clean up efforts. He also mentioned the role Gov. Scott is playing in helping with cleaning things up.
"The governor is doing a great job too," Radel said, "by dedicating more resources of the state to ensure that we have clean water as well. Just a few weeks ago I was with the governor in downtown Fort Myers where he announced something like a $90 million project. Which, again, helps divert some of the water to help clean up ours and send it to an area where it can be naturally cleansed."
The "Water Resources and Reform and Development Act" bill will be voted on this week in the transportation and infrastructure committee.
The congressman says the bill will pass.