Pollution threatens Florida’s waters

From the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee, to Tampa Bay and our countless streams and wetlands, Florida’s waters are something special. We should be able to canoe, fish, bird watch and enjoy our waters knowing they are protected for today—and for future generations.

Instead, we keep hearing that too many of our waters are polluted: More than a quarter of what’s left of the Everglades is impaired by nutrient pollution and the majority of the rivers, lakes and streams recently tested are considered too polluted for fishing, swimming or drinking.

Polluters poke holes in protections

Worse, polluter-driven loopholes in the Clean Water Act could be adding to the problem, leaving hundreds of miles of streams that feed our most iconic waters unprotected.

Over the past decade, polluters and irresponsible developers have used the courts to put Clean Water Act protections in legal limbo, arguing that the law doesn’t cover the smaller streams and wetlands that feed our iconic waters.

On the verge of victory

Environment Florida is working to convince the Obama administration to move forward with restoring full protections for all of our state’s waters under the Clean Water Act. This is a crucial first step toward tougher limits on developers and agribusinesses that pollute our waterways.

This fall, the Obama administration took first steps to close the Clean Water Act loopholes and protect our waters. This is big news—we’re closer than ever to victory. But Big Ag and developers will be using all their power and resources to bring this progress to a standstill. To get these critical protections over the finish line, we’ll need to show President Obama that the public overwhelmingly supports clean water. 

If we’re going to push past powerful polluters and give the Everglades, Lake Okeechobee and Tampa Bay the protections they deserve, we need everyone who cares about Florida’s waters to get involved. That’s why we need your support.

Together, we can win

Restoring Florida’s treasured waters is an enormous challenge. But together, we can make a difference. Supporters like you make it possible for our staff to conduct research, make our case to the media, testify in Tallahassee and in Washington, D.C., and persuade elected officials to make the right choices.

By taking action today, you will help protect Florida’s iconic waterways— from the Everglades to Tampa Bay—for the wildlife that call them home, and for future generations to enjoy.

Clean Water updates

News Release | Environment Florida

EPA Proposes Biggest Step for Clean Water in a Decade

Today, in the biggest step forward for clean water in more than a decade, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that leave nearly 30% of Florida’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands at risk of unchecked pollution and development.

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Report | Environment Florida Research and Policy Center

Death By A Thousand Cuts

Environment Florida Research and Policy Center released a new analysis, Death by a Thousand Cuts, exposing the impacts of funding cuts to the Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve– and to Floridians’ enjoyment of these natural wonders.

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News Release | Environment Florida

Environment Florida Rallies Citizens, Scientists and Farmers to Call on EPA to Follow Sound Science, Protect Tampa Bay and the Hillsborough River

In an effort to increase protections for waterways like Tampa Bay and the Hillsborough River, Environment Florida helped deliver over 100,000 public comments and letters nationwide to the US Environmental Protection Agency, all calling for increased protections for waterways across the state.

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News Release | Environment Florida

Tampa Bay and the Hillsborough River are Haunted by Nitrogen and Fecal Coliform

On the shores of the Hillsborough River, Environment Florida and the Gulf Restoration Network held an event to release “Ten Scary Facts About Florida Water,” a new factsheet which compiles 10 of the most frightening realities about pollution in the area's most iconic waterways.

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News Release | Environment Florida

Top 10 Scariest Facts About the Everglades

While the ghosts and ghouls of Halloween costumes disappear after October 31st, the very real and very scary problems facing the Everglades will still be there. Agricultural runoff, irresponsible development, and invasive species are all contributing to serious problems in the “River of Grass.” In honor of this scariest of holidays, Environment Florida offers 10 of the most frightening facts about the Everglades, and what we can do to make next Halloween a lot less terrifying for the Everglades and everyone who depends on them.

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