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To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.

~William Blake, Auguries of Innocence
Water Issues
Water issues dominate the state of Florida. The surge of population in Central Florida in recent years has spurred development resulting in loss of wetlands and vegetated buffer zones that protect freshwater quality. About 50% of all wetlands in Florida have been destroyed. Water and wetland habitats are declining in both quantity and quality. About 31% of Florida's freswater rivers and streams have become impaired or unusable for aquatic resources.

spoonbills_at_merritt_sm.jpg Depletion of freshwater from the Floridian aquifer is occurring in Central Florida. Water conservation programs should be pursued to protect the public water supply, improve the water retention capacity of the land, reduce water consumption, and promote water recycling. Allocations, building codes, metering, and pricing should aim to encourage conservation. Water resource public works funding priorities should be shifted to those projects and programs that would conserve existing water supplies. Proposed massive transfers and diversion of water in Central Florida pose multiple threats to drinking water supplies and the environment.

The Sierra Club Central Florida Group will advocate for enforceable-mandatory water conservation programs, good-decision making and better rules to stop the destruction of wetlands and watersheds, public acquisition of important conservation lands, watersheds and aquifer recharge areas.

Below you will find a number of articles, essays, activities and news related to this issue.  If you know of any relevant news or want to submit content regarding this topic, please don't hesitate to contact the appropriate Committe Member .  Thanks.

 

Date Item Title Author Hits
Thursday, May 14 2015 CENTRAL FLORIDA WATER INITIATIVE Marjorie Holt 666
Friday, December 13 2013 Floridians' Clean Water Declaration Campaign Marjorie Holt 961
Wednesday, September 14 2011 You're Invited - An Evening With Cynthia Barnett Marjorie Holt 1921
Friday, August 12 2011 US promises more money for Everglades restoration Marjorie Holt 1825
Tuesday, July 27 2010 DEP website about Florida watershed Mary-Slater Linn 4427
Sunday, May 23 2010 Community Conversation - The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable Marjorie Holt 2540
Friday, April 23 2010 ACTION ALERT: STOP BAD FERTILIZER LEGISLATIVE BILLS! Marjorie Holt 1884
Friday, April 16 2010 Federal Clean-Water Fight Comes to Jacksonville Marjorie Holt 1892
Monday, March 22 2010 NEW EPA RULES Marjorie Holt 2989
Tuesday, March 2 2010 Artificial Wetlands/Remove Nitrates From Area Springs Marjorie Holt 2313
Wednesday, February 17 2010 Legislators Urged to Get Tough on Protecting Springs Marjorie Holt 1790
Thursday, January 21 2010 Pinellas okays a rainy season fertilizer ban Marjorie Holt 2313
Thursday, January 21 2010 EPA Proposes Standards to Protect Florida's Waters Marjorie Holt 1988
Saturday, December 5 2009 FERTILIZER BAN GAINS MUSCLE Marjorie Holt 2450
Friday, November 6 2009 Groveland Intends to Appeal Niagara Permit Marjorie Holt 2376
Tuesday, July 21 2009 Announcement: River Cruise Fundraiser for St. Johns Riverkeeper! sonia stephens 2952
Thursday, July 16 2009 SJRWMD Board Strengthens Commitment to Water Conservation Marjorie Holt 2414
Thursday, July 9 2009 Public could be squeezed out of South Florida water permit decisions Marjorie Holt 2098
Thursday, May 28 2009 Feds won't step in on southern water disputes Marjorie Holt 2023
Sunday, May 24 2009 The bad news on Florida's water supply keeps coming Marjorie Holt 2386
Friday, May 15 2009 Water Supply Planning/Series of Public Meetings Marjorie Holt 2404
Monday, April 27 2009 Riverhugger A New Beginning, Not Beginning of the End Marjorie Holt 2501
Tuesday, January 27 2009 St. Johns River - First Phase River Study On Effects Of Surface Water Withdrawals In Central Florida Marjorie Holt 2576
Tuesday, January 27 2009 Watering Restrictions Index March 8, 2009 Marjorie Holt 2076
Sunday, January 25 2009 Melaleuca Mulch Marjorie Holt 2341
Sunday, January 25 2009 Lawn Today...Gone Tommorrow (a.k.a. "Assisted Sodicide") Marjorie Holt 2270
Sunday, January 25 2009 Groundcovers - Florida Native Plants Marjorie Holt 6729
Sunday, January 18 2009 Tampa Bay Region/Sinkhole To Be Tapped For Water Supply Marjorie Holt 3061
Sunday, January 18 2009 Metro Atlanta/New Water Plan Adds 6 Reservoirs Marjorie Holt 2514
Sunday, January 18 2009 Supreme Court Won't Hear Georgia Water Appeal Marjorie Holt 2423
Sunday, January 18 2009 SEMINOLE COUNTY/RECOMMENDED ORDER ISSUED ON RIVER PERMIT APPLICATION Marjorie Holt 2189
Sunday, January 18 2009 How Clean Is Your Water? Marjorie Holt 2262
Wednesday, November 12 2008 BUBBLING TO THE SURFACE Marjorie Holt 2255
Saturday, April 5 2008 3 Orlando-area lakes new battleground in water source struggle Marjorie Holt 2838
Saturday, March 29 2008 Presentations on sustainable water supplies1-25-08 Deborah Schafer 2770
Saturday, March 29 2008 St. Johns Riverkeeper - OPPOSITION TO WATER WITHDRAWAL PROPOSALS IN CENTRAL FLORIDA IS MOUNTING Marjorie Holt 3193
Tuesday, January 1 2008 Solving Earth's Water Problems John Muir 2937
Sunday, December 30 2007 SPECIAL REPORT: LAKE APOPKA John Muir 3122
Sunday, December 30 2007 Saving our springs John Muir 2839
Sunday, December 30 2007 2008 Greener Grass John Muir 2503
Monday, December 24 2007 Drought resistant plants native to Florida save water Cecilia Height 6394
Tuesday, December 4 2007 Green Armada Foundation John Muir 4443
 
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