Friday, July 22, 2011

Take a Photo to Stop the Slime

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Take a Photo to Fight Slime Crimes
Algae Outbreak
Take Action!
No matter where you live in Florida, chances are that you are not far from a toxic algae outbreak during the summer.

Pollution from fertilizer, sewage and animal manure feeds the ugly green slime that grows fast this time of year and threatens our ponds, springs, streams, rivers, canals and bays.
Where there is an algae outbreak there is a source of pollution. Help us show decision-makers how pollution impacts you by taking a photo of an algae outbreak in your area.

Haven't seen any algae spreading in your local waterways? You can still help. Go to our website to sign our petition to Florida's policymakers and submit a photo of yourself with the reason you want to stop the slime!

Thanks to activism like yours, we have been making progress. More than 50 local governments in Florida have passed strong urban fertilizer laws. The EPA also developed stronger limits for nutrient pollution in Florida that are set to be enforced in 2012.

But there is still toxic algae in our water and Florida's biggest polluters are not taking a vacation this summer. The new pollution limits set out by the EPA are under attack again:
  • The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) is trying to weaken the new limits; and
  • The U.S. House of Representatives just passed a bill that would gut the Clean Water Act and the new limits along with it.
You can help make the case for strong pollution standards by submitting a photo telling us the reason you want to stop water pollution -- whether that's a picture of you with a sign or a shot of your local slime. 

Thanks for taking action to spotlight the urgency for strong action to protect our waterways.

Sincerely,

Cris Costello
Sierra Club

P.S. After you take action, be sure to forward this alert to your friends and colleagues!
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