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.
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.