Thursday, November 19, 2015

Organizations, businesses join forces to improve faulty water bills

After years of inaction, new legislation to stem declining water quality in springs, rivers, estuaries and aquifers has fallen short.

The 2016 water bills, SB 552 and HB 7005, rely on failed methods that have produced decades of polluted water.

In response, the Floridians' Clean Water Declaration (FCWD) has drafted a sign-on letter to urge the Florida Senate and House of Representatives to enact legislation that ensures conservation, rapid restoration and long-term protection of our waterways and aquifers.

The FCWD, led by representatives from 17 different water advocacy organizations, is an ad-hoc coalition to protect water quality and quantity in Florida. It organized large clean water rallies in Tallahassee in 2014 and 2015.

Help us expand the list of organizations and businesses (52) that have already signed the letter.

We will send the letter to the Senate President, House Speaker, and every other Florida Senator and Representative. We will also use it to engage a wider public in the fight to win clean water for Florida.

These faulty water bills are on on a fast-track to be debated on the Senate and House floors in the first week of the session starting January 12, 2016. We need to put pressure on lawmakers to amend these bills.

Read these stories (Miami Herald and The Gainesville Sun) about the proposed legislation, which point out the mad dash it is taking.

Please email the following information to sign on to the letter by Monday, November 30, 2015:

Organization or business name
Organization/business representative’s title and name

United we can protect Florida's water.

-- Cris Costello, Senior Organizing Representative, Sierra Club