Civic Engagement

Upset by murky water in the Gulf of Mexico caused by freshwater releases from Lake Okeechobee, Sophie and Jaden want to know what citizens can do to protect the environment. Jamie suggests asking a local government representative; she visits Representative Heather Fitzenhagen at her Fort Myers office.

CAST: Jaden, Jamie, Sierra and Sophie
Produced by Rosie Emery

Water Quality Concerns?

As Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen suggested, you can contact your elected officials to let them know why water matters to you.

Enter your mailing address here to find your elected officials at the state and federal level.

You can also find your elected county officials here or your city officials here if you have a concern about waters in your neighborhood.

If you’d like to write a letter to the editor, you can find a list of newspapers here.

You can also send an email to the Curious Kids if you’d like to see us investigate something about our water in Southwest Florida. Please email

Want to research water quality?

You can monitor water quality in Southwest Florida through these online tools:

• The Charlotte Harbor Water Atlas lets you search for current conditions in our areas waters and serves as a one-stop shop for information and resources from more than 40 regional agencies.
• The SCCF’s River, Estuary and Coastal Observing Network (RECON) monitors waters around the Caloosahatchee River and Pine Island Sound area.
• The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission monitors red tide blooms and displays any outbreaks on a map.
• The Conservancy of Southwest Florida monitors waterways that are not included in studies by Naples or Collier County.

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