BTT's Fix Our Water Initiative

Fix Our Water videoThe water crisis in Florida is growing. Billions of gallons of polluted and nutrient-rich water continue to be dumped out of Lake Okeechobee into the estuaries. A state of emergency has been declared in Martin, St. Lucie, Lee and Palm Beach counties because of the spreading toxic algae blooms that are devastating to fish, wildlife and people. Seagrass continues to die in Florida Bay because of a lack of freshwater. Seagrass and oysters in the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers are dead from too much freshwater. Apalachicola's oyster reefs have been destroyed. The Indian River Lagoon experienced a massive fish kill and seagrass is dying. Satellite imagery shows that the water from the polluted discharges from Lake Okeechobee are reaching as far as Georgia. 

HOW CAN YOU HELP? Send a message to your government representatives, sign the Now or Neverglades Declaration and spread the word!

Click here for more info and to contact your elected representatives.

Sign the Now or Neverglades declaration.

 

Fix Our Water Initiative: Healthy Habitats = Healthy Fisheries

 BTT's Fix Our Water Initiative

Healthy Habitats = Healthy Fisheries

 The water crisis in Florida is growing. Billions of gallons of polluted and nutrient-rich water continue to be dumped out of Lake Okeechobee into the estuaries. A state of emergency has been declared in Martin, St. Lucie, Lee and Palm Beach counties because of the spreading toxic algae blooms that are devastating to fish, wildlife and people. Seagrass continues to die in Florida Bay because of a lack of freshwater. Seagrass and oysters in the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers are dead from too much freshwater. Apalachicola's oyster reefs have been destroyed. The Indian River Lagoon experienced a massive fish kill and seagrass is dying. Satellite imagery shows that the water from the polluted discharges from Lake Okeechobee are reaching as far as Georgia. Scroll down to quickly send a message to your government representatives and sign the Now or Neverglades Declaration!

What needs to happen? Appropriate freshwater flows need to be restored!
-The plans to make this happen are in place - known as the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project or CERP - they just haven't been adequately funded or implemented as promised and need to be implemented immediately. 
-The Central Everglades Planning Project needs to be fast-tracked.
-The state needs to purchase the land to create reservoirs to 
store and clean the freshwater. In 2014, 75% of Florida voters voted to buy the land through Amendment 1, so the money is available. 
-The state needs to implement strategies to reduce the amount of nutrients in freshwater entering the estuaries.
-Natural freshwater flows (the timing, amount, locations) need to be restored.
-Land needs to be purchased to create filter marshes to filter nutrients from the 
freshwater entering estuaries. 

-Once freshwater flows are addressed, habitat restoration must occur. 

Take Action Today!

Click to sign the Now or Neverglades declaration.

Contact your local, state, and federal elected representatives and tell them to fast-track CERP, purchase the land to create reservoirs to store and clean freshwater, and implement strategies to reduce nutrients and contaminants in the freshwater entering the estuaries. Stay tuned to btt.org, Facebook, and Instagram for updates. 


PLEASE NOTE: In order for the message in the form below to be sent to the Florida representatives, you must be a resident of Florida. IF YOU ARE NOT, you can still contact one of the representatives via the links below.
Contact Governor Rick Scott: http://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/email-the-governor/ (850) 488-7146
Contact Florida's U.S. Senators: U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (FL) https://www.billnelson.senate.gov/contact-bill U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (FL) http://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-senator-rubio?p=Contact

Find and Contact Your U.S. Representatives: http://www.house.gov/representatives/#state_fl
Find and Contact Your State Senators and Representatives: https://www.flsenate.gov/senators/find or http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/myrepresentative.aspx

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