Podcast #0012 – Capt. Daniel Andrews - Captains For Clean Water - Leading The Charge To Save The Everglades


Episode #0012 – Capt. Daniel Andrews

Captains For Clean Water - Leading The Charge To Save The Everglades


Capt. Daniel Andrews

Captains For Clean Water is an environmental organization started by Capt. Daniel Andrews and Capt. Chris Wittman.  Today, they are leading the charge to save the Everglades.  

Daniel was a guide working 280 days a year until his area was affected by runoff from the Caloosahatchee River in the middle of peak tourist season.  He had to cancel all trips and was completely out of work.  He had seen smaller events like this before, but this time he couldn't ignore it.  During this time, he realized that he needed to do something about this issue and within a few days, Captains For Clean Water was born.  

The organization has some incredible resources available for public education on their website www.captainsforcleanwater.org.  You can watch one below that will explain the problem that we are facing and understand it a little better.

Their Mission is simple:

Advancing education, awareness and scientifically supported solutions to restore and protect marine ecosystems and our way of life for future generations.

 Graphic courtesy of www.captainsforcleanwater.org

Graphic courtesy of www.captainsforcleanwater.org

Fishing has a major economic impact on Florida, 10 BILLION DOLLARS a year to be more specific.  Combine other industries that fishing impacts directly and the financial number is stagering.  This has a major economic impact on the United States.  This issue doesn't just impact fishing guides and Captains in South Florida, it impacts Real Estate values, Tourism not associated with fishing (who wants to go to a stinky beach and watch brown waves crash on the sand?) Fishing, Bird Watching, Jet Ski Rentals, Hotels, Restaurants, Bars (although if the water stinks and everyone loses their jobs and their houses are worth 1/3 their previous value, the bars may be the only place doing better than before the problem) and virtually every other business.  I would go so far as to say that the economic impact of not dealing and solving this problem can not be calculated.  Even at $10 Billion dollars a year, this issue impacts every single American.

Daniel explains that we do not have to recreate the wheel to fix this problem.  The solution is already out there...and passed.  The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan was passed in 2000 and virtually nothing has been done since.  

Listen to the podcast on YouTube:

Captains For Clean Water is dedicated to making sure that the public is educated and that the policy makers are not allowed to kick the can farther down the road.  

I hope you enjoy this podcast with Daniel and find time to go to www.captainsforcleanwater.org and familiarize yourself with this organization.  Become a member, join their email list, follow on social, buy a hat, watch the videos and become educated on the problems...find a way to support them.  

Thanks so much for checking this out.  This issue is super important and could possibly be the most important environmental stand we make in our lifetime.  

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Thanks so much!

Tom Rowland


Here are some photos of our day on the water with Daniel captured by Jason Stemple.


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  • Preston “PJ” Scheiner

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  • Bob Beville

  • Chauncey Goss

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