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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…

Voter guides: Who’s getting dirty money – and why it matters

October 24, 2022

We’ve got an election coming up in two weeks. Do you know which campaigns are keeping it clean — and which campaigns are powered by “dirty money?” “Dirty money” means political contributions from special interests to candidates, or to political…

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…

Our Voter Guides keep the focus on clean water

October 18, 2022

Election day is soon upon us. And do you know who your local clean-water candidates are? Environmental concerns haven’t been high on the campaign agenda for many Florida candidates this year, but that’s why VoteWater’s 2022 Voter Guides keep the…

Our Voter Guides are out. Here’s how we decided to endorse Charlie Crist

October 12, 2022

On Tuesday VoteWater published our 2022 General Election Voter Guides, a definitive look at clean-water candidates (and not-so-clean-water candidates) in 15 key Florida counties. If you live in Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe,…

VoteWater releases 2022 Voter Guide, endorses 11 candidates

October 11, 2022

The environmental advocacy group VoteWater has released its 2022 General Election Voter Guide, designed to help voters in 15 Florida counties identify clean-water candidates. The guides, available at VoteWater.org/voter-guides, include endorsements for 11 candidates. Three of those endorsements were announced…

VoteWater endorses Charlie Crist for Governor

October 7, 2022

The nonpartisan clean-water group VoteWater has endorsed Democrat Charlie Crist for Florida Governor. Gil Smart, VoteWater Executive Director, said Crist’s support for acquiring more land south of Lake Okeechobee, his call to adopt all the recommendations of the state’s Blue-Green…

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…

VoteWater endorses Brian Mast, Lindsay Cross ahead of Nov. 8 election

October 4, 2022

Republican Congressman Brian Mast and Lindsay Cross, Democratic candidate for Florida House District 60, were endorsed this week by the environmental advocacy group VoteWater. “Brian Mast has been an absolute warrior when it comes to clean-water issues on the Treasure…

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