Clean Water Policy
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Clean Water Policy

Adequate and clean water is the liquid heart of Florida. The Florida Wildlife Federation, working with its conservation allies, is an active supporter in cleaning up Florida's impaired waters, especially our fabled freshwater springs and rivers. Clean water is essential to our environment, our wildlife, our economy and us. Pollution and degradation now threaten our fresh, estuarine and marine waters that provide vital habitat for our fish and wildlife. As eco-tourism grows, we must protect and enhance special places such as Wekiva and Silver Springs and the Apalachicola River and Bay.

The Indian and Caloosahatchee Rivers, as well as world-renowned Lake Okeechobee, are under severe environmental pressure. Water flows have been drastically altered to the detriment of our ecology and our residents. FWF has striven for years on the state federal and local levels to fix these critical problems, by advocacy and, when necessary, by litigation.

In 2013, FWF provided testimony to the State Senate Select Committee on the Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin. We encouraged the Legislature to address both short and long-term solutions to unnaturally high water in the Lake and the subsequent discharges which create tremendous pollution problems for associated estuaries and damage the Everglades system.

FWF also emphasizes environmental education, especially for our youth, and seeks to instill Floridians and visitors alike with a water stewardship ethic.

Clean Water Related Articles

A Disaster Many Years in the Making
A wave of green, smelly, toxic goop has inundated shorelines, fouling water and suffocating aquatic species and manatees. This situation is not only upsetting, it is, unfortunately, completely predictable.

Florida House Bill 7003 Does Not Protect Our Water
HB 7003 Does Not Advance Real Springs Restoration

Florida Wildlife Federation Establishes Matching Grant for Donations to Florida’s Water and Land Legacy Campaign
Federation will contribute one dollar to campaign for every two dollars donated

Florida Water Pollution Rules Approved By EPA | AP | By BILL KACZOR
The EPA late Friday said it was approving rules drafted by the state for only about 15 percent of Florida's 100,000 miles of waterways while adopting its own rules for the rest.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Agrees to Set Enforceable Clean Water Limits for 100,000 Miles of Florida Waters
Judge Fails to Grant Extension Sought by the EPA; Major Victory for Florida’s Environment, Nutrient Standards,

Lawsuit Filed to Clean Up Caloosahatchee River
Nauseating Algae Outbreaks Ruining River, Drinking Water Plant, and Quality of Life

Will Florida save its springs or let them die?
Will Florida save its springs or let them die?

Speeches from "Speak up for Silver Springs and Florida’s Waters" Event
Collection of Speeches from "Speak up for Silver Springs and Florida’s Waters" Event

Governor Graham makes urgent appeal - Save Silver and Rainbow Springs
Governor Graham makes urgent appeal: Save Silver and Rainbow Springs

Help Save Silver Springs
Save Silver Springs

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