Why We Need the EPA’s Strong Rules to Protect Florida’s Waters

Posted by on Jul 9, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

By David Guest, Managing Attorney, Earthjustice The “summer slime” season is starting in Florida. Over and over, we’ll be forced to watch the places where we love to boat, swim and fish get covered with nauseating algae that can make us, our pets, and wildlife sick. In Tallahassee and in Washington, polluter lobbyists are getting their politician friends to push for ineffective standards on the pollution that’s sparking these nasty toxic algae outbreaks all over the state. We’re talking about phosphorus and nitrogen, the so-called “nutrients,” which come from the sewage, manure...

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Join the Fight to Protect Florida’s Public Waterways

Posted by on Sep 16, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

Thanks for joining us in the battle to stop toxic algae blooms in Florida waters. We all know the heartbreak of watching our favorite swimming and fishing holes go from inviting clear to nauseating green slime. We know about polluted drinking water, which makes no sense in a watery paradise like Florida. It doesn’t have to be this way. This is not the inevitable price of progress – this pollution is preventable. New limits on sewage, manure and fertilizer pollution will stop the problem at its source. Everyone knows it is cheaper to prevent pollution in the first place than it is to clean...

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Protect Florida’s waters, not polluters

Posted by on Sep 14, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

by David Guest At the end of August, a large, disgusting algae outbreak slimed Old Tampa Bay. Two months earlier, an algae outbreak in the Caloosahatchee River near Fort Myers turned the river bright green, smelled like raw sewage, and made thousands of fish go belly up. Water with algae outbreaks like this is so toxic that health authorities say you shouldn’t touch it, much less drink it or swim in it. It can give you rashes, respiratory problems, and even kill you. U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., found that out the hard way. He swam in the same type of toxic algae outbreak in Grand...

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