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.