TALLAHASSEE AP — Three environmental groups sued the Army Corps of Engineers, the state and a water management district Monday over smelly, slimy green algae blooms that have been polluting the Caloosahatchee River in southwest Florida.The lawsuit in U.S. District Court here alleges the corps is violating state and South Florida Water Management District regulations by diverting water that should be going into the river to 500,000 acres of sugar cane fields instead.
It seems backwards and inappropriate to me that every environmental solution begins with citizen uprisings followed by lawsuits that drag on for years before reaching resolution. I really wish we would begin to see a stronger sense of corporate responsibility and governmental protection of the rights of people to a safe, clean environment. For an idea of how long this situation has been brewing [–T.Riley]: On October 20, The News-Pressheld a forum about the crisis plaguing the Caloosahatchee River. More than 130 government officials, scientists and citizens came to listen to five panelists who also answered audience questions.