Save Florida's Waters
We should be doing everything we can to keep Florida’s waters clean. But too many of our streams and wetlands don’t have the protections they need, due to loopholes in the Clean Water Act. Polluters are pressuring the Environmental Protection Agency to back down from efforts to close the loopholes, so Environment Florida is standing up for our rivers and streams and fighting back.
Our waters at risk
From the Apalachicola River to Tampa Bay, from the Everglades to our countless springs and wetlands, Florida’s waters are a big part of what makes living here great. They also provide us with clean drinking water. But too many of our waters are polluted, leading to algae blooms and, according to some scientists, record manatee deaths.
Worse, too many of the streams and wetlands that crisscross our state don’t have the protection they need, due to loopholes in the Clean Water Act. Nobody should be allowed to treat our waterways like a personal sewer. That’s why Environment Florida is working to close these loopholes and protect thousands of miles of Florida waterways.
A legal loophole
This summer, the Environmental Protection Agency is working to close the loopholes in the Clean Water Act. This would be the single largest step taken for clean water in more than a decade—protecting thousands of miles of our streams from big polluters.
But polluters are pressuring the EPA to back down. They’ve threatened “legal warfare.” They’ve pushed Congress to cripple the EPA’s ability to protect our water. And they’ve made false but widely circulated claims, including one that the EPA wants to “regulate mud puddles.”
Together, we can win
Our staff is knocking on doors across Florida to educate people about what’s at stake. We’re also building coalitions, educating policymakers, and shining a spotlight in the media on the need to protect our waterways. But the real key to winning this fight is you. With your support, we can restore Clean Water Act protections to all our waterways and protect Florida’s rivers and wetlands.
Tell the EPA to protect Florida's waters and close the Clean Water Act loopholes.
- Pollution from large ranches and farms spur algal blooms and invasive plant growth in Lake Okeechobee.
- One-fourth of the remaining Everglades, including Lake Okeechobee, is plagued by pollution from animal waste and fertilizers.
- Lobbyists for large agricultural operations have successfully fought a 2000 Florida law to decrease the amount of polluted runoff allowed into Lake Okeechobee and the rest of the Everglades.