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Friday, 23 May 2014 09:03

Florida needs to stop dirty water lawsuit

Written by  Jennifer Hecker, Conservancy SW FL

ACTION! Contact Gov. Scott and Atty. Gen. Bondi, phone numbers below.

Florida needs to stop its dirty water lawsuit

By Jennifer Hecker, Conservancy director of natural resource policy

The State of Florida used your tax dollars to take legal action to try to stop the clean-up of the Chesapeake Bay in the mid-Atlantic region. While dirty water abounds here at home, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a brief against the Bay clean-up plan - along with the polluters (the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Pork Council, The Fertilizer Institute, National Beef Cattleman’s Assoc., etc.)

These are the same types of polluting industries we’ve been trying to get to capture and treat the pollution that they generate here in Florida. They are also the same polluting interests that joined Bondi in suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to fight protective enforceable water quality standards for controlling fertilizer, sewage and agricultural runoff into Florida’s waters for drinking, swimming and fishing. 

As both Florida’s waters and the Chesapeake are being polluted by nutrient pollution, having an effective nutrient pollution clean-up plan for the Chesapeake means Florida’s polluters could have to do more to treat their own pollution on-site, rather than disposing of it in our waterways. This would save us from having to pay more of the ever-increasing costs of declining tourism and real estate values, as well as for additional publicly funded clean-up projects.

We understand why the polluters would fight the clean-up of the Chesapeake, but are confounded and outraged as to why our state would.

This cannot be credibly portrayed as a state’s rights issue, as the Chesapeake Bay states signed and supported the clean-up plan. This also cannot be portrayed as protecting Floridian’s interest, as this is not in Florida and would set a negative precedent in having effective clean-up plans for Florida’s waters.

Contact state legislators! Our unified message can make a difference!
- Florida Governor Rick Scott (850-488-7146)

- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (850-414-3990)

Tell them they need to stop and withdraw this dirty water lawsuit immediately.  Request they use our tax dollars to clean up Florida’s polluted waters instead.

Jennifer Hecker is director of natural resources policy at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida was founded in 1964 by a small group of concerned citizens fighting to protect the beauty of our region. Today it has grown to be one of Florida's largest and most respected environmental organizations.


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