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Now or Neverglades

#NowOrNeverglades is the unifying voice of Floridians and visitors, local, state and national elected officials, families, boat captains, fishermen and environmental conservation groups, Republicans and Democrats, and businesses – small and large – who have come together to save America's Everglades and Florida's water.

“Before you vote, look at what nature is showing you, and listen to what science is telling you.” Kimberly Mitchell, Executive Director, Everglades Trust

For decades, tourism, taxation and trade have been the anchors of the Florida economy. Today and going forward, we are bringing the Everglades into the Florida political narrative, where it deserves to be. Hundreds of thousands of us are standing up to protect the drinking water of 8 million Floridians, our precious, unique ecosystems and waterways, and Florida's most important industry – tourism.

The Now or Neverglades declaration has already garnered more than 30,000 signatures- be sure to add yours. To see the complete list of signatures, visit gladesdeclaration.org.

Need more proof? Get to know the flow. In the past, water flowed south to provide water to Florida’s Everglades and support its thriving ecosystem. Today, water from Lake Okeechobee is redirected to the east and west. Why? Because the water from Lake Okeechobee has been contaminated with agricultural fertilizers like nitrogen and phosphorus, making it far too polluted to send south to the Everglades. Instead, that polluted water is directed east and west, damaging coastal estuaries and causing things like toxic algae blooms. Thankfully, there is a solution. Buying land for a reservoir that will clean water and sent it south will stop damaging discharges to coastal estuaries, rehydrate the Everglades, and provide clean drinking water for more than 8 million Floridians. We must buy the land to return to a restored flow. Sign the Now or Neverglades declaration and encourage others to so.

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Political Will

For the first time in its history, Everglades Trust made endorsements in the 2016 election. 

More than 20 South Florida candidates for local, state and federal offices, including 11 of the Trust’s endorsed candidates who went on to win their races were signees or supporters of the Now or Neverglades Declaration. The Declaration already had the support of more than 200 independent Everglades experts and scientists and 40,000 organizations, businesses and voters leading up to the election, and gained additional support while voter attention turned to environmental issues.

Everglades Trust provided formal endorsement to the following candidates who went on to win their respective races:

United States Congress

  • Brian Mast (R), District 18

Florida State Senate

  • Joe Negron (R), District 25

  • Anitere Flores (R), District 39

  • Linda Stewart (D), District 13

Florida House of Representatives

  • Thad Altman (R), District 52  

  • Carlos Guillermo Smith (D), District 49

  • Heather Fitzenhagen (R), District 78

  • Larry Lee, Jr. (D), District 84

Palm Beach County Commission

  • Dave Kerner (D), District 3

Palm Beach County Water & Soil Conservation

  • Rob Long

  • Pat Edmonson

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