Welcome to Team Everglades! Stand up with us and hundreds of thousands of Floridians who are speaking with one voice. We've listed below some ways you can get involved and be part of the solutions to help restore America's Everglades.
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Email President Biden and Congress to request record-level federal funding.
In 2000, the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan was signed into law as a 50/50 partnership between the Federal Government and the State of Florida. It has faced hurdles ever since -- changes in administrations, inconsistent attention, inadequate funding and Big Sugar. Currently, Florida is ahead of Congress in funding dollars by two to one. That could change this year and you can help!
Tell Your Elected Officials to Send the Water South!
The fight to restore America's Everglades has been long and tumultuous, but we are finally making good progress with projects like building the EAA Reservoir and bridging the Tamiami Trail. There are efforts to undo this progress, however, and we need YOU to speak up to your elected officials to keep the ball rolling in the right direction. With this form, with one click of a button, you will be letting your State Representative, State Senator, Congressman or Congresswoman, and both U.S. Senators know that you are an Everglades advocate and you expect your priorities to be their priorities.
Everglades Restoration Under Assault! Tell Your State Senator to Prioritize the EAA Reservoir.
We know that the most critical project in restoring America’s Everglades is construction of the EAA Reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee. Recently, however, State Senate President Wilton Simpson suggested that the EAA Reservoir may be defunded in favor of a different project north of the lake - Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) wells. These wells would provide water storage for development and agricultural interests - NOT for the Everglades. We must urge our State Senators to stand up for the Everglades by prioritizing the EAA Reservoir before any other projects are considered.
Demand Equitable Lake O Management from the Army Corps of Engineers.
Water levels in Lake Okeechobee are currently managed under a flawed system that favors two sugar baron families over the drinking water supply for 9 million Floridians, our waterways and America’s Everglades, forcing polluted lake discharges to both coasts every year.
As the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers writes the new Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM), we have a rare opportunity to make our voices heard. Tell the Army Corps to consider the needs of ALL water users in Florida - not just a handful of agricultural corporations - by sending the water south to the Everglades instead of discharging it into our oceans.
Big Sugar Wants Your Water and They're Using Congress to Take It!
Lobbyists for US Sugar and Florida Crystals are trying to slip in language to the federal Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020 that will make toxic discharges more likely and starve the Everglades and Florida Bay of the freshwater they desperately need. We're fighting with everything we've got but we can't do it without you. Add your voice to ours by sending a quick email to your federal lawmakers.
Other Ways to Help
Write a letter to the Editor
One of the most effective ways to make your voice heard is to write a Letter to the Editor of your newspaper. Politicians aren’t always taking calls as they should, but they do pay attention to the newspapers. When your Letter to the Editor is published, your voice is amplified to hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Floridians. This short video tells you how to write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Visit this page for more letter-writing tips.
Contact the Governor's Office
Call Governor Ron DeSantis and tell him you support his agenda. Best number for him is (850) 717-9337. Speak to a live person, if possible.
Vote in every election. As they approach, we will be telling you about the candidates. We’ll share the good, the bad and the ugly. Click here to verify your registration or to register to vote!
Visit often. Ask questions. We’re here to help. Be extremely confident in knowing your advocacy is backed up by overwhelming sound science and research.
Get your family and friends to do all of the above.
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The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
— Alice Walker, Pulitzer prize-winning novelist and poet