Toxic Florida: A Human Health Crisis

With sound, independent and overwhelming scientific consensus as our guide, we have worked for the past 30 years to get local, state and federal officials to understand the dire circumstances facing Florida and America’s Everglades.

We told them it would get uglier
it has.

We told them it would get more expensive
it has.

We’ve explained the cost of inaction
it’s incalculable.

The most important issue isn’t what we must do next. That question is already answered and is uncontroverted scientific fact: Send more clean water south to the Everglades and Florida Bay.

Given that we know what to do next, we are left with ballot-box choices.

Last year, we helped elect a champion – Governor Ron DeSantis. His commitment to expediting this work is unparalleled. But no one person, not even the Governor, can accomplish their goals of saving our waterways and Everglades without help from key Legislators.

The sugar cartel still has powerful allies in the Legislature. Their status quo defenders, the footdraggers, continue to rear their ugly heads. Every voter, Democrat and Republican, needs to contact their State Senator and State Representative, with one simple message: “Get behind the Governor on this issue or face our wrath.”

Progress is being made, but dark forces are working hard to impede it. We do not take anything for granted and neither should you. It’s not hyperbole when we tell you it’s Now Or Neverglades.

Stick with us! 

Kimberly Mitchell
Executive Director 

P.S. Here is a handy link that will tell you who your State Rep and State Senator are and how to reach them. Phone calls are best. They mostly ignore emails (sad, but true).

“A major agency is concerned with dolphins being stranded and dying on the shores of Southwest Florida. Since July 2018, experts say almost 200 dolphins have died due to the presence of red tide in our waters.

NOAA is calling it an unusual mortality event, which is a significant die-off that is unexpected and demands an immediate response.”

WINK NEWS: NOAA concerned with dolphin deaths in Southwest Florida

Like the great Florida Bay of the Florida Keys, Biscayne Bay is suffering a rapid decline. The reason: Not enough freshwater from the Everglades. Meanwhile, we're losing our saltwater estuaries on the east and west coasts from polluted freshwater being discharged to them.

Blocking our ability to fix this mess is Big Sugar. Period.

KEYS NEWS: Dying Bay: Biscayne Bay Seagrass Habitats Near Total Collapse

"The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently observed low concentrations of red tide algae forming in the northwest and southwest coast of Florida, after the first sign of the algae were found two weeks ago."

ORLANDO SENTINEL: Red tide threat still low, but state finds more signs in latest report

FOX 13 News - Tampa Bay reports: “Manmade pollution is cooking up a cocktail of poisons in our water and air. It emits toxins linked to liver disease and neurodegenerative diseases like ALS and Alzheimers.” Our broken water management system benefitting only the sugar cartel forces this deadly soup into our rivers, canals, the Gulf and the Atlantic Ocean.

FOX 13 NEWS, TAMPA BAY: Manmade pollution is cooking up a cocktail of poisons in our water and air

We're ecstatic and grateful for the bi-partisan effort from Florida's congressional delegation, especially Congressman Brian Mast and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, but this level of funding MUST stay consistent. We should not have to fight for this year after year after year, while critical projects languish and the destruction continues.

TC PALM: Everglades restoration projects get full $200 million from House Appropriations Committee

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