Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Urgent! Call your legislator for clean water

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Florida's beautiful lakes, rivers, springs and estuaries are in peril.

Please call your state legislators today and urge them to"support amendments to eliminate loopholes and deficiencies in the 2016 water bills," SB 552 by Sen. Dean and HB 7005 by Rep. Caldwell, that will be considered next week.

In December, Sierra Club Florida and other Floridians' Clean Water Declaration campaign coalition partners delivered a letter signed by 106 organizations and businesses to Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, calling for real protection of the state's imperiled waterways. The letter was also sent to all 160 of Florida's state legislators urging them to amend SB 552 and HB 7005. But we need your voice.

Call your state legislators now. (type in your address at this link to see the phone numbers for your state senator and representative.)

Deliver the Message: "Support amendments to eliminate loopholes and deficiencies in the 2016 water bills."

The bills as currently written do not satisfy the needs of our waters and neglect many opportunities to create water policies that serve the public's interest. Various regulated industries, agriculture, and their lobbyists are leading a retreat from protective policies and are instead relying on the same tools that have, for decades, failed Florida's citizens and our waters.

Sierra Club Florida and our allies have proposed these amendments to make the bills worth supporting. They fall into these categories: improving water quality, ensuring sufficient water for natural systems (including a focus on water conservation), springs protection, and making sure that tax dollars for water quality and/or quantity are used cost-effectively and in the public interest. If the amendments are rejected and the bills are passed as currently written the waters of the state will suffer for it.

These bills are not good enough. Florida's waters need more than halfway measures. Please contact your legislators and urge them to support these amendments when they come to the floor.
Call your state representative and senator now!

Thank you for taking action and for all you do for Florida's environment!

Dave Cullen

Sierra Club Florida