Save Florida's Waters
We should be able to canoe, fish, bird watch and enjoy our waters without worry of pollution. But 80 percent of Florida's rivers, lakes and streams recently tested are considered too polluted for fishing, swimming or drinking. Right now, loopholes in the Clean Water Act leave hundreds of miles of streams that feed our most iconic waters unprotected. Join our call to close these loopholes and protect all of our waters by taking action.
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.
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.