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Florida Water Quality

VoteWater Deep Dive: Why can’t we send more water south?

January 20, 2023

Because the system was designed to benefit Big Agriculture – at the expense of the northern estuaries It’s been a common refrain from angry citizens along the algae-clogged St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries for years: Send it south! And in…

Legislators have ‘unique opportunity’ with new Water Quality Subcommittee; but will they take it?

January 12, 2023

When it comes to water quality issues, we’re always leery of putting too much faith in the Florida Legislature. Time after time, we’ve watched bad bills sail on through. Proposals like last year’s Senate Bill 1000 (which will allow citrus…

Everglades restoration could fall short – here’s what to do about it

December 20, 2022

We hate to say, “We told you so.” But we told you so. For years, first as Bullsugar.org and now as VoteWater, we’ve advocated for two key points: We need more land south of Lake Okeechobee to store water and…

Florida needs new water quality standards — and they better be tough

December 15, 2022

How safe is it to eat fish caught in Florida waters? And how big of a threat are toxic pollutants to Floridians’ health? If it was still 1992, we might be wearing mullets, listening to “Achy Breaky Heart” and assuming…

VoteWater Deep Dive: What if the seagrass keeps dying?

December 12, 2022

The widespread die-off of seagrass in Florida ought to be front-page news. And last fall it was, as Gannett’s Florida Today issued a blockbuster report on how seagrass appears to be receding in every coastal corner of Florida, at levels…

The election is over; the fight for clean water is not

November 9, 2022

The 2022 general election has come and gone; how, ultimately, will it impact Florida’s troubled waters? We’ll find out soon enough. Two VoteWater endorsed candidates prevailed last night; Congressman Brian Mast won re-lection to his 21st District seat; in the…

Clean water wasn’t part of DeSantis-Crist debate. But new fish kill, red tide suggest we’ll all be talking about it soon enough

October 27, 2022

At the sole gubernatorial debate between incumbent Republican and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist, clean water wasn’t on the agenda. No questions were asked about the environment; DeSantis briefly mentioned his contribution to Everglades restoration in his closing remarks. And that…

Hurricane Ian supercharged our existing water problems. What now?

October 21, 2022

And now, flesh-eating bacteria. Media reports this week note that Florida has seen 65 Vibrio vulnificus so far this year; the bacteria can cause sepsis, intestinal infections and necrotizing fasciitis. It’s the highest number of cases ever recorded in Florida,…

While other issues dominate the headlines, we can’t take our eye off the ball – clean water

October 18, 2022

Environmental concerns haven’t been high on the campaign agenda this year. Particularly at the state level, abortion and inflation take up a lot of bandwidth. At the federal level cultural and pocketbook issues also predominate. Our foundational cause, clean water…

The storm after the storm: Will sewage spills from Hurricane Ian trigger algae blooms?

October 5, 2022

As the number of deaths attributed to Hurricane Ian continues to mount, the focus rightly remains on the storm’s human toll. Once the smoke clears, though, we may also find the environmental toll to be horrific. The path Ian took…

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