Southwest Florida's Environmental Water Crisis

Currently, Florida faces a dire environmental crisis that demands our action. Nearly 1,000,000 acres of our estuaries and 9,000 miles of our rivers and streams are contaminated with fecal bacteria. 80% of our 1,000 springs are polluted with nitrogen. This pollution threatens our health and the biodiversity that thrives in healthy waters. [1]

Here in SWFL, over 20% of all our economy is tied directly to clean navigable waters. [2]

No one wants to spend their money to visit the beach if they can’t go in the water. If we do not act now, they will go elsewhere and it will take years to get them back.

This is why I support the Right to Clean Water initiative to get an amendment to the Florida Constitution declaring clean water a basic right onto the 2026 ballot.

This April, I visited Washington, D.C. and attended sub-committee hearings on budget requests for both the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

During these hearings, legislators from both parties advocated for critical environmental protection projects for their districts. And our congressman — Byron Donalds — was nowhere to be seen!

Federal grant money is available for various projects to help Southwest Florida clean up our vital waters. As your congresswoman, I will fight for our economic livelihood — our waters. 

This is my hometown and I am done watching carpetbagging-vice-president-wannabes like Byron Donalds use us to build his political career on the backs of SWFL voters.