The Clewiston News

Letter to the Editor: Slow The Flow movement launches new website

With the ongoing discharges from Lake Okeechobee and algae blooms spotted in local coastal waterways, the Lake Okeechobee fishing community is coming together to urge leaders to #SlowTheFlow. The Clewiston Chamber is proud to join them in this effort. As you may have heard, more than 95 percent of the water and nutrients entering Lake Okeechobee are coming from the north. In order to get a better handle on the water coming into the lake, we must secure additional storage and treatment options at the lake’s source. We can protect Lake Okeechobee and save the coastal estuaries at the same time.

If you have not done so already, visit and sign the petition to help us #SlowTheFlow. The petition has already been signed by hundreds of Lake Okeechobee fisherman and residents of the Glades communities.

P.S. — While the media have been reporting that coastal communities are dealing with toxic algae, the fish are biting on Lake Okeechobee and it remains healthy and open for business. Just last week, Roland & Mary Ann Martin Marina posted pictures of large bass caught on the lake.

Hillary Hyslope
Executive director,
Clewiston Chamber of Commerce