The Latest On: Clean Water For Florida
Earthjustice secured a victory this week when an administrative judge in Florida ruled that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection could not restrict the public’s boating access to Fisheating Creek, a wild and scenic waterway in South Florida’s Glades County. The DEP had planned to allow the agribusiness corporation Lykes Bros. Inc. to discharge thousands of dump-truck loads of sand into Fisheating Creek, permanently blocking the public’s navigation channel.
In an opinion piece addressing water pollution in Florida, Earthjustice attorney David Guest discussed the many problems of the toxic algal blooms that continue to stain and poison Florida’s waterways. The green, slimy outbreaks—which are caused by sewage, manure, and fertilizer runoff—have sickened residents, made waters unfit for swimming and tourism, and killed hundreds of manatees, dolphins, and pelicans in the last year alone.
Seafood lovers hooked on $1 oyster nights may soon have to find a new source of comfort for the work week blues.
Florida tourism promoters are always looking to get stories in the newspaper to lure northern tourists—and their vacation cash—down here. But a recent story in the New York Times wasn’t what they had in mind.
“Florida Algae Bloom Leads to Record Manatee Deaths,” read the national headline on April 6, in the middle of prime winter tourist season.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Florida Department of Environmental Protection Sell out Floridians
In a fantastic show of grassroots support for clean water, Floridians packed a Environmental Protection Agency meeting in Tampa on Jan. 16, saying they are fed up with repeated slimy algae outbreaks on the state’s beaches, rivers, spring and streams
More than 150 protested, and they wore fluorescent green T-shirts saying, “Ask me about slime.” They asked the EPA to stay strong and enforce pollution limits for sewage, manure and fertilizer—three culprits which are fueling algae outbreaks all over the state.
Earthjustice, on behalf of the Florida Wildlife Federation, is challenging the Florida Board of Trustee’s decision to approve corporate agricultural leases in the Everglades without putting them up for public bid or properly taking the public interest into account.
“This obviously is not in the public interest,” said Earthjustice attorney David Guest. “These leases would allow corporate agricultural pollution to continue unabated, and there is no requirement for any additional cleanup.”