Reef Relief continues our work of using the best available science to educate the public and policymakers to achieve conservation, protection and restoration of coral reef ecosystems.
The most critical issue facing all of us today is water quality. We fight to combat pollution in our oceans and negative effects of climate change, but without clean water, all of our work with regard to restoration and conservation are only delaying the loss of our coral reef ecosystems.
This is why Reef Relief, along with many other local, state, federal and private entities, have worked so hard toward creating a Keyswide sewer system. We should all be proud of the work we have accomplished in this matter. Reef Relief would like to thank everyone involved in the implementation of the Keyswide sewer system. It is imperative that our inefficient septic tanks are no longer allowed to leach human waste into our nearshore waters.
We would also like to thank all homeowners for cooperating with this process, as we are well aware of the financial burden.
So here we are, almost to the finish line of what once seemed a daunting task. With this said, we would like to state our position regarding the issue of shallow injection wells at the advanced wastewater treatment facility on Cudjoe Key and all construction and development within the Florida Keys Barrier Reef Ecosystem.
Reef Relief supports the timely completion and activation of the facility planned for Cudjoe Key. Every delay in the completion and activation of the facility is counterproductive to the goal we have all worked so tirelessly to accomplish. It is extremely important that we cross the finish line of providing sewer service to all the Florida Keys.
Mill McCleary, for the board
Reef Relief, Key West