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Guest Opinion: Paul Reynolds

Water quality and the Ten Days of Christmas

Originally posted on December 20, 2006

 

On the first day of Christmas,

the water managers sent to me

 

a brand new form of toxic algae.

 

On the second day of Christmas,

the same folks sent to me

 

Two red tide episodes,

And a brand new form of toxic algae.

 

On the third day of Christmas,

they forwarded to me

 

Three dead manatees,

Two red tide episodes,

And a brand new form of toxic algae.

 

On the fourth day of Christmas,

the good folks sent to me

 

Four Christmas cards from Bubba,

Three dead manatees,

Two red tide episodes,

And a brand new form of toxic algae.

 

On the fifth day of Christmas,

my true friends sent to me

 

Five pricey bags of sugar,

Four Christmas cards from Bubba,

Three dead manatees,

Two red tide episodes,

And a brand new form of toxic algae.

 

On the sixth day of Christmas,

my true friends sent to me

 

a six-foot wall of water,

Five pricey bags of sugar,

Four Christmas cards from Bubba,

Three dead manatees,

Two red tide episodes,

And a brand new form of toxic algae.

 

On the seventh day of Christmas,

my water buddies sent to me

 

Seven fish with lesions,

a six-foot wall of water,

Five pricey bags of sugar,

Four Christmas cards from Bubba,

Three dead manatees,

Two red tide episodes,

And a brand new form of toxic algae.

 

On the eighth day of Christmas,

my true friends sent to me

 

Eight water laws a'breakin,

Seven fish with lesions,

a six-foot wall of water,

Five pricey bags of sugar,

Four Christmas cards from Bubba,

Three dead manatees,

Two red tide episodes,

And a brand new form of toxic algae.

 

On the ninth day of Christmas,

my pals sent to me

 

Nine vacation cancellations,

Eight water laws a'breakin,

Seven fish with lesions,

a six-foot wall of water,

Five pricey bags of sugar,

Four Christmas cards from Bubba,

Three dead manatees,

Two red tide episodes,

And a brand new form of toxic algae.

 

On the tenth day of Christmas,

my true reps sent to me

 

Ten politicians feeding,

Nine vacation cancellations,

Eight water laws a'breakin,

Seven fish with lesions,

a six-foot wall of water,

Five pricey bags of sugar,

Four Christmas cards from Bubba,

Three dead manatees,

Two red tide episodes,

And a brand new form of toxic algae.

 

Paul Reynolds resides in Sanibel. He is an activist on issues regarding Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee River. He is a volunteer, belongs to numerous local groups and boards, and is president of the Sanibel-Captiva Republican Club.
Paul Reynolds <PR@PaulReynolds.us>

 

Editor's note: Editors at The News-Press received a copy of the author's work with the subject line: Ten Days of Christmas from SFWMD (South Florida Water Management District). He allowed us to run it in our opinion pages.