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.

Clean Water updates

News Release | Environment Florida

Environment Florida Endorses Gwen Graham for Congress

Environment Florida, a statewide environmental organization, announced today the endorsement of Gwen Graham for Congress in Florida’s 2nd district.

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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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