Manatee County has the worst outlook in a new SW Florida water quality report

| Ryan Ballogg |

Booming population growth. Rapidly accelerating development. Way too much fecal matter. Those are just a few of the major threats to Southwest Florida’s water quality that are underscored in a new analysis from environmental group Calusa Waterkeeper. All of those sources of pollution and more can be found in Manatee County, which topped a nine-county list for worst overall water quality outlook in the non-profit’s study released last month.

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