Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hundreds of conservation activists will gather in Tallahassee tomorrow



Where:    Historic Front Steps of the Capitol Building
                 400 S. Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32399

When:     Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Who:       Amendment 1 (http://floridawaterlandlegacy.org/) and Floridians’ Clean Water Declaration Campaign (www.wewantcleanwater.com) activists from every corner of the state. 
Speakers include:  State Representative Michelle Rehwinkle-Vasilinda, State Representative Mark Pafford,  Bill McCollum (36th Attorney General of Florida), Estus Whitfield (Florida Conservation Coalition), Maggy Hurchalla (Martin County Conservation Alliance), Jim Stevenson (Wakulla Springs Alliance), Orange County Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor Eric Rollings, Kevin McGorty (Tall Timbers Land Conservancy), Gary Appelson (Sea Turtle Conservancy), Andy Mele (Suncoast Waterkeeper), Dawn Shirreffs (Everglades Foundation), Katie Tripp (Save the Manatee Club), Leesa Souto (Marine Resources Council), Mark Perry (Florida Oceanographic Society), Millard McCleary (Reef Relief), Chuck O’Neal (League of Women Voters), Cathy Harrelson (Sierra Club), Zach Forsburg (Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition), Celeste De Palma (Tropical Audubon Society), Preston Robertson (Florida Wildlife Federation), John Scott (Caloosahatchee River Citizens Association), Laura Dailey (Spectrabusters), Shannon Blankinship (St. Johns Riverkeeper/Duval Soil and Water Conservation District), Ryan Smart (1000 Friends of Florida) and Aliki Moncrief (Florida’s Water & Land Legacy). 
What:      Hundreds of conservationists will travel by chartered buses (http://yes1fl.org/2015rallytix) and car pools from across Florida to rally on the front steps of the Historic Capitol Building to deliver a resounding message to Florida lawmakers that:   
1.      Protecting conservation lands is essential to protecting our water resources – we must protect our waters at the source;
2.      We must invest in our undeveloped natural areas before they are gone; and
3.      We must stop pollution at its source rather than allowing it to enter our waterways.

Contact:  Cris Costello (Sierra Club), cris.costello@sierraclub.org 941-914-0421
Aliki Moncrief (Florida’s Water & Land Legacy) aliki@floridawaterlandlegacy.org 850-629-4656
Ryan Smart (1000 Friends of Florida), smarts421@gmail.com, 561-358-7191

*There will be demonstrators and visuals*