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15 February 2012, 3:55 PM
Huge tide of support for Obama to keep state's water clean
Toxic algae choking Florida waterway

A big thank you to the more than 17,000 people who have sent letters to the White House so far in support of strong U.S. Environmental Protection Agency limits for sewage, manure and fertilizer in Florida waters. We so appreciate you all having our backs on our quest to clean up Florida’s number-one pollution problem.

As you know, we’ve been suffering down here from repeated toxic algae outbreaks that cover our waters with green slime -- outbreaks triggered by the excess phosphorus and nitrogen from sewage, manure and fertilizer. We had toxic algae and nasty fish kills around beautiful Sanibel Island over the winter holidays. In January, Fort Myers had an algae outbreak on the Calooshatchee River that had people holding their noses because it smelled like raw sewage. There’s been an algae outbreak killing aquatic life in the Indian River for a year, and red tide in the Gulf – which is fueled by excess nutrients -- has been sickening and killing manatees, sea turtles, and cormorants on the state’s southwest coast.

Since our tourists come from everywhere, we need folks around the country – and around the globe – to speak out and help us win the battle against these polluters who are intent on using our public waters as their private sewers. So keep those cards and letters coming to the White House.

The polluter lobbyists have been very busy lately in Florida and in Washington. They just got their politician friends in the Florida Legislature to pass a bill that’s another attempted end-run around the EPA’s limits. And they got a Florida congressman – Rep. Steve Southerland - to introduce a bill in Congress, “The State Waters Partnership Act,” which would further hamper EPA’s ability to set water pollution limits in Florida.

Again, the EPA’s federal limits will help clean up the toxic algae mess; the state’s rule won’t. In fact, it was drafted by polluter lobbyists and rubber-stamped by state regulators. So we need to keep the pressure on the Obama Administration to stand firm on federal limits for Florida. Sadly, Florida’s leaders just aren’t doing their jobs to protect people from this ongoing public health threat.

You would think our leaders would agree that it’s a good idea to get sewage, manure and fertilizer out of our water – especially in a state that’s known for boating, diving, fishing and swimming – but apparently not!

We are busy, busy, busy with our legal battles on several fronts: we are litigating against polluters over the EPA’s pollution limits, and we head to court this month to challenge the ineffective rule that Florida has offered up as a substitute.

If you haven’t yet sent a letter to the White House, you can do so here. And, if you could, please ask your friends to do the same. It really helps.
 

Our bodies can not survive without water.I would think that everyone would have this concern. I believe in Orlando,they are experimenting with algea as a biofuel.Why not harvest the green slim and use it for something productive? It sure beats the price of gas.

Florida is being overrun and overpopulated. It's a pathetic shell of the pristine environment it once was and no beaches are void of human destruction and encroachment. It's over folks, snort more beer or coke, have more babies and throw more human garbage since the earth is irrecoverable now.

So sad, but so true Mark.

Please do something positive to remedy this problem. We must take responsibility for our actions and realize the negative financial and heath implications associated with allowing sewage, manure and fertilizers to continue to pollute our waterways!!

clean the envoirnment and all the toxins. we are poisoning the land and the people. we are the stewards of this land and its envoirnment.

this has to stop now.

please act before its to late

We are only as healthy as our environment. For decades we have polluted our environment & we now walk around with polluted & sick bodies. I have too many friends with cancer, some have died, some are just beginning their cancer journey.

Time to protect our environment & our people. Stop allowing the contamination of our water, air, and land.

Support STRONGER Environmental Protection limits for sewage, manure and fertilizer in Florida waters. Our people, animals, and earth deserve better!!!

Florida needs your help with protecting the water ways in Florida. They also need help with getting all the huge snakes out of the Everglades. People have had them for pets and now letting them loose and many different wildlife are dissapearing from the everglades.

water purity is for future generations, the question is what will be left for Americans in 100 years or more into the future?

Why is there is no option to email this (I'm NOT doing facebook or Twitter).

Out of the whole United States why are we unable to find a presidental candidate that will not cater to corporate interests? Does the corporate-media apparatus really have that much control over our minds that we don't believe we can elect someone who is not a corporate servant, as Obama has proven himself to be?

Why must we "lobby" for the president to do the humane thing on every issue when we went through so much effort to elect him for what we thought was his basic decency to do the right thing in the first place?!

So now we have to watch Obama being swayed by corporate lobbyists unless we match their lobbying efforts for every single battle, or else we risk Obama doing the corporate bidding? I thought we elected Obama so he WOULDN'T be swayed by corporate lobbyists...

It is hard not to notice that everywhere that there is a severe problem (like the horror described above) there is a corporate entity that is the root cause. Yet the most powerful corporations provide the majority of funding for both parties and, still, the corporate media apparatus (that for some reason 50%(?) American voters still adhere to) manages to ensure that American voters only dare to select their carefully chosen corporate servants as presidential candidates -THIS is what needs to end, because the landslide of 2008 has obviously not done the job of getting rid of the ugliest aspects of George Bush rule!

We need to take it to the next level and landslide all corporate servants out of all government positions of high power. The sooner the better. And we must finally acknowledge the stark reality that selecting candidates from the democratic party (or the 'left' fist of the same corporate party if you will) will never be a departure from corporate servitude...

Otherwise this pendulum swinging back and forth between democrats and republicans will never end and we can no longer afford this -the world can no longer afford this!
Please, we have got to risk believing we can do better than someone like Obama.

I agree with you..Obama shouldn't need us to always be petitioning him to do the right thing for the people of the country in which he is President. He lied about who he was when he ran for president in 2008. And I for one don't believe anything he says now. He will not get my vote. I will vote for a third party candidate..of a liberal persuasion. The states are where we need to focus. Little by little the states are being taken over by the corporate money machine and people aren't noticing. What I think I have discovered is that the people have to get involved in politics and they aren't doing it. They listen to sound bites on TV or in their local papers but that is not enough. That is why the Occupy Movement encourages me. But it's the same ole game with them being called names instead of listening to what is being said. People have to get involved in their politics. If they don't some smooth talking , nice looking, sweet promising persona will sweep them off their feet and they will be stupid again. People have to know something about the issues. They have to speak up. They have to vote. They have to be heard and not just go home and complain. We the people don't have the obscene millions and billions the corporate lovers have but we have numbers. Obama let us down big time. I hope we can revitalize ourselves and get out there and fight for what is ours. It is in our hands but if we choose to stay ignorant and choose to stay home then the same will stay the same..

Please allow this precious waterways to flow clean and free from sewage and algae. How is this abomination permitted in this day and age?!!

Please give this situation the attention it deserves. We need to respect and value our wildlife!

This planet cannot (and was never meant to) withstand the endless environmental assaults humans continue impose on it. Our planets eco-system is a house of cards, and is now at a tipping point. The O-Zone, our oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams, our soil, the polar ice caps melting, even our magnetic poles are shifting. All the while, republicans, with their "fossil fuels only" agenda, insist that none of this is man-made. In their delusional world, we can pollute as much as we want for as long as we want, and it will have no negative affects; even when the evidence is everywhere you look (even outer space). People are so greedy that they don't even care about their own children's future; only "money, now". Even if it means, literally, the end of the world. Humans appear to be the smartest species, and the most stupid species, at the same time. It's unfathomable.

Our choice, to walk away or stand and do something. We can, yes we can...... we can make a difference and a beautiful change for our children and our children's children.

"We" can............. ok, let's get to it, our water and sea life are dying.

Please support strong U.S. Environmental Protection Agency limits for sewage, manure and fertilizer in Florida waters. Our people, animals, and earth deserve better!!!

Why would anyone want algae to take over our rivers, killing the aquatic life? To do nothing to stop it is to say it is o.k.. It is a sin of omission.

As a Democrat who voted for you with great anticipation of the "CHANGE" you had promised the American people, I am very disappointed in you and your lack of any action to protect the environment, or reverse horrible actions taken by the Bush Administration to erode laws set in place to do so. Neither have you set our country on a new course of green energy with any kind of time plan to achieve it. Either you are going to protect our people and the environment or you are not. Either you and the entire lot of elected politicians who receive money from Corporate special interests are going to start to make necessary changes in the American Political system to put the American people first or you all will continue to represent corporate America and the top 10% of the wealthy who run corporate America. Which is it? You can't put the people first and destroy the planet. They are one and the same. If we kill the environment- there will be nothing left to support human life.

As a Democrat who voted for you with great anticipation of the "CHANGE" you had promised the American people, I am very disappointed in you and your lack of any action to protect the environment, or reverse horrible actions taken by the Bush Administration to erode laws set in place to do so. Neither have you set our country on a new course of green energy with any kind of time plan to achieve it. Either you are going to protect our people and the environment or you are not. Either you and the entire lot of elected politicians who receive money from Corporate special interests are going to start to make necessary changes in the American Political system to put the American people first or you all will continue to represent corporate America and the top 10% of the wealthy who run corporate America. Which is it? You can't put the people first and destroy the planet. They are one and the same. If we kill the environment- there will be nothing left to support human life.

Haven't we learned anything? Is greed that wide spread that no body knows how to do the 'right thing' vs. what's easiest or cheapest? Stop the pollution of our waterways. They don't belong to the polluters- they belong to the pople of this country!!!

Please stop the indiscriminate sewage and poisoning of Florida's waters. In this day and age, we should be more advanced than to have algae blooms and toxic algae outbreaks.

I live in Florida and what I see happening to our waters is sickning. Please stop, we support ourselves with tourist, and for those that live here we want out beautiful sea life back. Hurndreds of fish ( Dophins, whales) are washed up each year with respitory infections from the nasty waters from curish ships, toxins from yards etc. Standards have to be set for all this to stop.

Nasty!

Nasty!

If any of y'all are lawyers, SUE the Baracketeer to this Clean Water Act END (now over a QUARTER CENTURY Delayed):

SEC. 2

The Federal Water Pollution Control Act is amended to read as follows:

TITLE I--RESEARCH AND RELATED PROGRAMS

SEC. 101 [33 U.S.C. 1251] Declaration of Goals and Policy

(a) The objective of this Act is to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological
integrity of the Nation's waters. In order to achieve this objective it is hereby declared that,
consistent with the provisions of this Act--

(1) it is the national goal that the discharge of pollutants into the navigable waters be ELIMINATED by 1985.

Please support strong U.S. Environmental Protection Agency limits for sewage, manure and fertilizer in Florida waters.

All the economic growth will not help if we can't drink the water or breathe the air! Please guide the State of Florida back to the path of protecting the health of people and the environment.

Please protect what is important. Support limits for sewage, manure, and fertilizer in Florida's waters.

The State of Florida is in great danger of pollution. First Gov. Scott has cancelled the Everglades restoration project, something that he assured voters he was for, The pollution from oil disasters and dispersants and the sewage dumped in the waters. All of these factors are killing the beautiful birds, fish and wildlife. Please do what you can to help protect this great State and country from all levels of pollution, radioactive waste, oil spills et.al. I know it is a lot but we support you and will continue to do so.
Thanks so much,
JC Carroll& Family

Please consider the consequences of indiscrimate use and waste of harmful agents to FL water.

As a participant in many water activities, I am urging you to do everything you can to pass laws that call for greater efforts to clean and to stop pollutants in the waters in and all around Florida, All of our coastal areas, our Lakes and our rivers and streams. Ecco systems are far stronger when our waters are pure and healthy.
Thank you.

The Waters and the air are gifts of life given to us so we can survive as a species, and serve as stewards for the other species that depend on us and what we do to the earth.......

please STOP the pollution of the air and waters of Florida so that we all... all the species, including us humnans, can enjoy and survive...we MUST do this NOW !......rj Selfridge

please help florida's waterways.

Mr President, I know you take a lot of flak for your stance on many invirmental issues. Personally I applaud you for them. For those who say that you are putting the envirment before people, I remind them that all people need a healthy envirment to be healthy themselves. That is why I am urging you to do everything you can to pass laws that call for greater efforts to clean and to stop pollutants in the waters in and all around Florida, All of our coastal areas, our Lakes and our rivers and streams. Ecco systems are far stronger when our waters are pure and healthy.

Thank you.

Sincerly
-Amy M. Simeister
registered democratic voter.

Please support strong U.S. Environmental Protection Agency limits for sewage, manure and fertilizer in Florida waters.

The maximum clean-up must be done. Whichever rules provide The maximum benefit to the environment, the residents, and the reduction of ANY pollution/

If any of y'all are lawyers, SUE the Baracketeer to this Clean Water Act END (now over a QUARTER CENTURY Delayed):
SEC. 2
The Federal Water Pollution Control Act is amended to read as follows:
TITLE I--RESEARCH AND RELATED PROGRAMS
SEC. 101 [33 U.S.C. 1251] Declaration of Goals and Policy
(a) The objective of this Act is to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological
integrity of the Nation's waters. In order to achieve this objective it is hereby declared that,
consistent with the provisions of this Act--
(1) it is the national goal that the discharge of pollutants into the navigable waters be ELIMINATED by 1985.

Slime is gross stuff and needs regulation and control.

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