Write a Letter to the Editor

One of the most important ways to support Senate Bill 10 is to write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. By doing this, your voice can be heard.

Tips on How to Write a Letter to the Editor

  • Research email addresses for your local newspapers

  • Write your message in 500 words or less

  • Use a combination of your personal experiences as well as the talking points below

  • Maintain a respectful and constructive tone

  • Include your basic contact information

  • Proofread

  • Press send!

Talking Points for Senate Bill 10

  • Florida’s waters are in crisis. Everglades National Park and Florida Bay are starved for freshwater while the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries are being inundated with polluted Lake Okeechobee overflows. We need to get the water right. 

  • Sen. Rob Bradley and Senate President Joe Negron have championed legislation to help get the water right for all Floridians. The bill would direct the SFWMD to buy 60,000 acres of land from a willing seller south of Lake Okeechobee this year, and begin planning for a project to store and treat water on the acquired land. 

  • In 2000, the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) was congressionally authorized and included a suite of projects that seek to restore some of the “River of Grass” flow that has been lost. The EAA Reservoir is one of those 68 projects outlined in CERP. This is not a new project but one that is long overdue and needed to relieve the estuaries. 

  • As a CERP project, the EAA Reservoir would enjoy a 50/50 cost share with the federal government, meaning the state’s investment would be matched by federal partners. 

  • Everglades restoration projects are guided by an Integrated Delivery Schedule (IDS) that outlines a timeframe for project advancement based on agency prioritization and funding availability. Right now the EAA Reservoir is set to begin planning in 2021. The planning process will take at least three years before congressional authorization and funding can be requested. The status quo would result in no on the ground progress for at least a decade! 

  • In 2016, Governor Scott issued a state of emergency for St. Lucie, Martin, and Lee Counties because of the extensive detrimental environmental impacts of the polluted lake releases. Supporting the plan to buy land in the EAA and expedite planning for storage is a direct action that every single member of the Florida Legislature must take in response to this crisis.  

  • Legacy Florida, signed by Gov. Scott in 2016, designates funds specifically for restoration projects that will reduce harmful estuary discharges. This bill does exactly that. 

  • “The Everglades is not receiving enough high quality water to sustain the ecosystem” –Dr. Wendy Graham, Director of the University of Florida’s Water Institute, in a presentation to the Florida Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources on January 7, 2017. 
  • We cannot restore America’s Everglades without sending water south! 

Additional Resources 

Samples of strong letters to the editor: Leigh Acre Citizen and TC Palm

If you have any questions or would like help regarding the letter, please email info@evergladestrust.org or call our office at 561-660-5127

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