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The woods were made for the hunters of dreams, The brooks for the fishers of song; To the hunters who hunt for the gunless game, The streams and the woods belong.

~Sam Walter Foss
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
Friday, December 13 2013 Floridians' Clean Water Declaration Campaign Marjorie Holt 292
Wednesday, September 14 2011 You're Invited - An Evening With Cynthia Barnett Marjorie Holt 1150
Friday, August 12 2011 US promises more money for Everglades restoration Marjorie Holt 1058
Tuesday, July 27 2010 DEP website about Florida watershed Mary-Slater Linn 3574
Sunday, May 23 2010 Community Conversation - The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable Marjorie Holt 1741
Friday, April 23 2010 ACTION ALERT: STOP BAD FERTILIZER LEGISLATIVE BILLS! Marjorie Holt 1197
Friday, April 16 2010 Federal Clean-Water Fight Comes to Jacksonville Marjorie Holt 1222
Monday, March 22 2010 NEW EPA RULES Marjorie Holt 2282
Tuesday, March 2 2010 Artificial Wetlands/Remove Nitrates From Area Springs Marjorie Holt 1474
Wednesday, February 17 2010 Legislators Urged to Get Tough on Protecting Springs Marjorie Holt 1155
Thursday, January 21 2010 Pinellas okays a rainy season fertilizer ban Marjorie Holt 1502
Thursday, January 21 2010 EPA Proposes Standards to Protect Florida's Waters Marjorie Holt 1338
Saturday, December 5 2009 FERTILIZER BAN GAINS MUSCLE Marjorie Holt 1586
Friday, November 6 2009 Groveland Intends to Appeal Niagara Permit Marjorie Holt 1737
Tuesday, July 21 2009 Announcement: River Cruise Fundraiser for St. Johns Riverkeeper! sonia stephens 2221
Thursday, July 16 2009 SJRWMD Board Strengthens Commitment to Water Conservation Marjorie Holt 1754
Thursday, July 9 2009 Public could be squeezed out of South Florida water permit decisions Marjorie Holt 1433
Thursday, May 28 2009 Feds won't step in on southern water disputes Marjorie Holt 1398
Sunday, May 24 2009 The bad news on Florida's water supply keeps coming Marjorie Holt 1639
Friday, May 15 2009 Water Supply Planning/Series of Public Meetings Marjorie Holt 1729
Monday, April 27 2009 Riverhugger A New Beginning, Not Beginning of the End Marjorie Holt 1782
Tuesday, January 27 2009 St. Johns River - First Phase River Study On Effects Of Surface Water Withdrawals In Central Florida Marjorie Holt 1781
Tuesday, January 27 2009 Watering Restrictions Index March 8, 2009 Marjorie Holt 1400
Sunday, January 25 2009 Melaleuca Mulch Marjorie Holt 1651
Sunday, January 25 2009 Lawn Today...Gone Tommorrow (a.k.a. "Assisted Sodicide") Marjorie Holt 1540
Sunday, January 25 2009 Groundcovers - Florida Native Plants Marjorie Holt 5510
Sunday, January 18 2009 Tampa Bay Region/Sinkhole To Be Tapped For Water Supply Marjorie Holt 2189
Sunday, January 18 2009 Metro Atlanta/New Water Plan Adds 6 Reservoirs Marjorie Holt 1735
Sunday, January 18 2009 Supreme Court Won't Hear Georgia Water Appeal Marjorie Holt 1651
Sunday, January 18 2009 SEMINOLE COUNTY/RECOMMENDED ORDER ISSUED ON RIVER PERMIT APPLICATION Marjorie Holt 1536
Sunday, January 18 2009 How Clean Is Your Water? Marjorie Holt 1608
Wednesday, November 12 2008 BUBBLING TO THE SURFACE Marjorie Holt 1597
Saturday, April 5 2008 3 Orlando-area lakes new battleground in water source struggle Marjorie Holt 2059
Saturday, March 29 2008 Presentations on sustainable water supplies1-25-08 Deborah Schafer 2022
Saturday, March 29 2008 St. Johns Riverkeeper - OPPOSITION TO WATER WITHDRAWAL PROPOSALS IN CENTRAL FLORIDA IS MOUNTING Marjorie Holt 2193
Tuesday, January 1 2008 Solving Earth's Water Problems John Muir 2195
Sunday, December 30 2007 SPECIAL REPORT: LAKE APOPKA John Muir 2377
Sunday, December 30 2007 Saving our springs John Muir 2128
Sunday, December 30 2007 2008 Greener Grass John Muir 1886
Monday, December 24 2007 Drought resistant plants native to Florida save water Cecilia Height 5197
Tuesday, December 4 2007 Green Armada Foundation John Muir 3630
 
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