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.
America’s Everglades are one of the most important ecosystems on the planet. Its wetlands grandeur is unsurpassed. Carved out at the southern tip, "Everglades National Park is a must-visit spot. Boasting more than 2,300 square miles of subtropical wilderness and wildlife, here’s how to do the Everglades like a pro."
They have known the dangerous consequences of the pre-harvest burns for decades, but as they do with everything they touch – our Everglades, our health and our political system – Big Sugar and their henchmen have written the scripts and have gotten away with far too much. Until now.
Two newspapers in Southwest Florida are hosting their 3rd Annual Water Summit in Ft. Myers. Governor DeSantis spends some time explaining what's happening right now and next steps to the 600 people in the room, but for all Floridians.
“There is not a singular cause of our water quality issues. Some factors are within control, some are uncontrollable, and some are consequential. Combined, they all impact our water quality. The better you understand this relational concept, the better-suited you are to form your own opinions and perspectives on future issues.” - Captains For Clean Water
DEP is working on regulations for the disposal of partially treated human waste, known as biosolids, on farms and ranches throughout Florida. Along with reasonable regulations on farming practices and public utilities disposing human waste in atrocious ways, including injecting it into the aquifers, Floridians could see dramatic improvements.
“The introduction of sugar slavery to the New World changed everything. The true Age of Sugar had begun — and it was doing more to reshape the world than any ruler, empire or war had ever done.”
Floridians deserve to understand in its entirety a crop and a mindset that is killing the Everglades.