Governor Ron DeSantis, Congressman Brian Mast and Congressman Francis Rooney forced the Army Corps to relook at how and when Lake O discharges happen. Funded projects and new regulations for the polluters are on the horizon.
Florida’s waters got lucky this year and we able to take full advantage of it. But without due haste by the Legislature, the destruction will continue and our luck will run out.
Palm Beach Post Editorial Board: “Governor Ron DeSantis’ commitment to Florida’s waterways – ridding them of the sewage and fertilizers that breed toxic algae, restoring the ancient flow of the Everglades, protecting coral reefs – so far is looking solid. That’s good for all of us.”
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Change doesn't happen accidentally. It comes from raised voices demanding it. Special interests, with an army of lobbyists, have created loopholes in regulations, which have led the demise of Florida's waters. The time has come for our water, waterways and Everglades to be protected at all cost.
Less than a year ago, we were stuck with a SFWMD governing board that didn’t even try to hide their contempt for the public as they pulled out all the stops for Big Sugar.
New day. New governing board. Everglades champions, like Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch from Martin County, are stepping up big time!
"After they take a swamp walk, they say, 'Wow, this is better than Disney World,'" says Clyde. "It's a pretty place. I want to keep showing it to people."
At the heart of his work is a desire to preserve and protect Florida's delicate ecostructure. We stand with Clyde Butcher Photography!
Congressman Francis Rooney (R-FL): “It is well past time for Republicans to recognize the increasing costs and dangers associated with a changing climate.”
Congressman Rooney also has our backs on the Everglades -- we're mighty proud of him.
Change comes when people get angry or inspired enough to force it. We're grateful that Captains Daniel and Chris decided to get into the fight.
“When you get pissed, you do stuff that you normally wouldn’t do. Like, quit a cool job to deal with s**** politicians.” Daniel Andrews, Captains for Clean Water
“Late summer is the ‘bloom’ time for harmful cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, and some of Virginia’s ponds and streams are under advisories, the Virginia Department of Health says.”
A warmer climate and nutrient pollution are colliding in ways that are subjecting freshwater bodies – lakes, rivers and streams – to sometimes dangerous conditions for people, plants and animals. The vast majority are man-made causes.
Today, we have a Governor who is hell-bent on turning things around, but it will also take the Legislature to give him the tools required, like reasonable regulations on agricultural and municipal infractions, to get it resolved. And we are working alongside him.
Until then, please pay attention and keep your animals safe. This kind of heartbreak is unfathomable.
For decades, sugar barons have used Lake O as their personal reservoir and toilet. We are all living with the profound consequences.
Now, the Army Corps has the "audacity" to deviate from the playbook written by and for Big Sugar – to bring the coasts some relief from toxic discharges – and Big Sugar sues.