The Latest by David Guest

Managing Attorney

David Guest worked at Earthjustice from 1990 to 2016, as the managing attorney of the Florida regional office. His countless legal battles were, in one way or another, all about water. His motivation to protect Florida’s water came from years of running boats in the state’s rivers and lakes, which convinced him that waterways are many people’s spiritual connection to nature.

February 11, 2014

Florida Governor Embraces Polluters in Chesapeake

Just helping another state’s waterways get as polluted as his.

November 13, 2013

Pollution Killing Manatees at Record Pace

Yet, industry group seeks to removed endangered species status.

September 17, 2013

Choking On Algae and Anger, Floridians Rise Up

Toxic algae, caused by runoff, spreads widely into communities.

August 8, 2013

As Wildlife Dies, Outrage Mounts Over Florida Slime

Right now, in the prime-time of summer fishing, surfing, and swimming season, health officials in one of the prettiest places in southeast Florida are warning people not to touch the water because it poses a dangerous health risk. A massive toxic algae outbreak along the Atlantic coast, north of Palm Beach, is turning the Indian …

July 18, 2013

Judge: Fisheating Creek Should Flow With Water, Not Sand

I’m happy to announce that we won the latest legal skirmish in our 23-year quest to keep one of South Florida’s wildest waterways open to the public. On July 5, an administrative law judge in Tallahassee upheld the public’s right to boat, fish and picnic on the wonderful Fisheating Creek in Glades County, south of …

April 12, 2013

Manatees Dying in Florida's Algae-Choked Waterways

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.

February 14, 2013

Anti-Slime Brigade Packs Florida EPA Meeting

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.” …

December 14, 2012

Big News In Fight Against Florida Slime

On November 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agreed to set numeric pollution limits for some 100,000 miles of Florida waterways and 4,000 square miles of estuaries.

October 18, 2012

Time To Slay Another Dragon At Fisheating Creek

As everyone involved in the environmental movement knows, we’ve got to stay vigilant with each passing year to make sure that that our victories don’t get undone. So, on Oct. 2, the Florida office of Earthjustice filed suit to protect a landmark citizen’s victory that we won in a jury trial 15 years ago. Once …

September 14, 2012

Sugar Industry Seeks To Use Everglades As Toilet

For decades, U.S. sugar barons have been dumping their polluted runoff into the Florida Everglades. Day after day, these politically powerful corporations send chemical fertilizers and pesticides into the great marsh—wrecking America’s only subtropical wilderness in the process. It’s clearly wrong for sugar plantations to use our public natural resources as their private dumping grounds, …