As a local volunteer grassroots organization, Surfrider Foundation’s Palm Beach County Chapter has for many years actively supported efforts to stop dumping Florida’s precious water into our estuaries and out to sea via the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers. We support legal action and other means to restore the historic Everglades flow to Florida Bay, including efforts by Earthjustice, David Guest and Richard Grosso.
Toxic algal blooms are caused by human sewage, animal manure and fertilizer. Sugarcane farmers in Florida deposit more money each year from taxpayer’s federal subsidies than from selling sugar. Amendment 1 was passed by Florida’s voters years ago to buy conservation land for such things as water storage and natural filtration, so it can be sent south in its historic flow through the Everglades. Our legislators, and our governor, decided to use the money for other things than what we intended. Recently, they also voted to allow sugarcane farmers to police their own water quality. Recent toxic algal blooms are unprecedented. However, 16 years ago Florida’s DEP declared that the C-51 canal in Palm Beach County was an “Impaired Waterway”, and subject to harmful algal blooms. Now things are much worse.
Please join us in calling out the nation’s largest polluters and their politician friends. Until things change at the state and federal level, we can expect more destruction of Florida’s most beautiful places.
As many have said, sending the Lake O water South is not the only solution to this complex problem, but it is likely the most important solution. Using Amendment 1 and other funds, we must identify and secure land south of the lake without delay, before development in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) or other uncertainties condemn our waters to irrevocable destruction.
Here are some phone hotlines and websites you need to report blooms or related illnesses.
Check out this article on DEP’s website for up-to-date info on the algae crisis:
Speak up! Call your local and state representatives, and tell them ways we can better our water management system, and preserve our beautiful environment.
Contact Governor Rick Scott:
Contact Florida’s U.S. Senators:
U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (FL) https://www.billnelson.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (FL) http://www.rubio.senate.
Find and Contact Your U.S. Representatives: http://www.
Find and Contact Your State Senators and Representatives: