Wednesday, November 20, 2013

253 Activists, 119 Organizations: A meeting of the minds at the Citizens' Clean Water Summit

In one place, for one day water quality activists came together from every corner of the state on Saturday, November 16, at the Citizens’ Clean Water Summit.

Why?  To build solidarity between the state’s independent regional water movements, to create a framework for regional and statewide collaboration, and to lay the groundwork for a progression of joint, grassroots mobilization events to bring Florida’s toxic slime disaster straight to the public and the elected officials who represent them.

The Summit was an historic event; for the first time ever representatives of well-known statewide organizations and small local organization volunteers came together to share stories and ideas and explore ways to work together.  We heard from each part of the state and each threatened watershed. 

The plan?  Unite in a common effort to take on the state’s polluted waterways and the “powers that be” that allow the pollution to continue to flow into our beloved waters.

Watch out polluters (and the political interests that protect them)!  We are the organizations and interests involved in the Citizens' Clean Water Summit.  We are committed to working together to fight for clean water: 

1000 Friends of Florida
Agrarian Land and Pond, LLC
Alachua County
Anglers for Conservation
Audubon Florida
Awake Pinellas
Awake Marion
Barry Law School Environmental Law Society
Biosphere Consulting, Inc.
Brevard County
C4 Architecture
Canin Associates
Congress for New Urbanism Orlando
Center for Biological Diversity
Center for Earth Jurisprudence
Central Florida Democratic Environmental Caucus
Central Florida Herpetological Society
Central Florida Surfrider
Chassahowitzka River Restoration Committee
Citrus County Council ENR Committee and
Citrus County Audubon Society Conservation Committee
City of Sanibel
Clean Water Action
Community Business Association of Central Florida
Main Street Alliance
Conservancy of Southwest Florida
Conservation Alliance of St Lucie County
Laklas Mint Chapter, Native Plant Society
DeLand Beacon Newspaper
Enviromental Youth Council of St. Augustine
Environment Florida
Federation of Congregations United to Serve (FOCUS)
Fins and Fluke
First Green Bank
Florida Coastal & Oceans Coalition
Florida Conservation Coalition
Florida Defenders of the Environment
Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.
Florida Gateway College
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida Water & Land Legacy
Florida Wildflower Foundation
Friends of the Wekiva River
Friends of Warm Mineral Springs
Green Drinks - Orlando
Ground Water Solutions, Inc.
Gulf Restoration Network
Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute
Ichetucknee Alliance
IDEAS for Us
Indian Riverkeeper
IRL Paddle Adventure
Kings Bay Springs Alliance
League of Women Voters - Seminole County
League of Women Voters of Florida
League of Women Voters of Volusia County
League of Women Voters of Orange County
League of Women Voters of Volusia Co.
Manatee-Sarasota Fish & Game Association
Marion County Springs Festival
Marine Cleanup Initiative Inc.
Marine Discovery Center
Marine Resources Council
MetroPlan Orlando
Mother Ocean
North Florida Land Trust
Ocean Conservancy
Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA)
Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society
Orange County Environmental Protection Division (EPD)
Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District
Orlando Nerd Nite
Our Santa Fe River Inc.
Paul G. Johnson & Associates
Pelican Island Audubon Society
Pine Island Consulting, Inc.
Polk State
Preserve Brevard
Progressive News Network (PNN)
Putnam County Environmental Council Inc.
Reef Relief
River Kidz
Rivers Coalition
Save Our Lakes
Save Our Suwannee Inc.
Save the Caloosahatchee River
Save the Indian River Lagoon
Save the Manatee Club
Sea Turtle Oversight Protection
Seminole Audubon Society
Seminole Soil & Water Conservation District
Sierra Club – Florida Chapter
Sierra Club - Central Florida Group
Sierra Club - Manatee-Sarasota Group
Sierra Club - Suncoast Group
Sierra Club - Suwannee St. Johns
Sierra Club - Tampa Bay Group
Sierra Club - Turtle Coast Group
Sierra Club - Volusia-Flager Group
Silver Springs Alliance
Space Coast Aububon
Space Coast Kayaking
Space Coast Progressive Alliance
Springs Eternal Project
St. Johns Riverkeeper
St. Lucie County
Suncoast Waterkeeper
Sunshine State Interfaith Power & Light
The Ampersand School
The Byrd Law Group, P.A.
The Guardians of Martin County
Treasure Coast Progressive Alliance
University of Central Florida, Earth Advocates
USGBC Central Florida Chapter
UU Church of Brevard
Wakulla Springs Alliance

*Those in bold were involved in the planning of the Summit and/or provided speakers and/or workshop leaders.