Monday, February 28, 2011

Tell Senator Nelson: Protect Us from Toxic Algae!

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Dear Friend,

Tell Senator Nelson:
Protect Our Waters from Toxic Algae!

Sen. Nelson visits algae bloom on St. Lucie
Send Your Letter
Last November, the EPA announced promising new limits to reduce water contamination from sewage, animal manure, and fertilizer. The new limits cap the amount of nutrient pollution allowed in Florida's lakes, rivers, streams, and springs that feeds the toxic algae that threatens public health in every part of the state.

But last week the U.S. House of Representatives adopted a budget amendment that would put an end to these new water pollution standards. Our only hope now is the Senate. Florida's big polluters will get a free pass to continue polluting if Senator Bill Nelson does not fight to protect the new limits.

Send a message to Senator Nelson urging him to oppose the budget amendment that would kill the EPA's efforts to protect our water.

We know that Senator Nelson will support clean water for Florida's waterways if he hears from enough of us. As you can see from the photo at right, Senator Nelson has seen firsthand the devastation wreaked by nutrient pollution. He came to the Saint Lucie River in 2005 when it was overtaken by a toxic algae bloom, which killed fish and made our waters unswimmable.

We must make sure Senator Nelson puts the interests of our state’s environment and its people above the demands of dirty polluters! Please send him a message today to remind him of his responsibility to protect our health and our way of life.

Florida currently has more than 1,900 miles of rivers and streams, 375,000 acres of lakes, and 500 square miles of estuaries that are poisoned by nutrient pollution -- there is no time to lose. Click here to send Senator Nelson a message asking him to take action to stop the gutting of the EPA's ability to regulate corporate polluters!

Thanks again for taking action to protect Florida’s precious water resources.


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Photo courtesy of Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers