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  • Protect Florida's Waters | Environment Florida
    leave more than half of America s streams open to pollution That s nearly 2 million miles of our streams at risk threatening the drinking water of 117 million Americans They also put at risk 20 million acres of wetlands an area the size of South Carolina and home to millions of birds and fish As a result of these loopholes hundreds of polluters are escaping any penalties In fact in a single 18 month period these loopholes undermined 500 EPA water pollution cases So together with our national federation Environment Florida took our case to the Obama administration urging the EPA to restore Clean Water Act protection to all of our waters We helped mobilize more than 700 000 Americans including 438 mayors and other local officials to join our call to action In April the EPA agreed to act proposing a new rule that would close the loopholes so the agency can enforce the law and stop the polluters We celebrated However now four big polluting industries are lobbying furiously to stop us Legal warfare Among our adversaries on this issue are big oil and gas companies which have thousands of miles of pipelines running through wetlands They re threatened legal warfare against the plan to restore protections to these wetlands Our opponents also include coal companies which are dumping the wastes from their mining into mountain streams They don t want these streams protected by the Clean Water Act They include powerful developers who want to pave over wetlands without restrictions A Michigan developer named Rapanos filed the court case that created the loopholes in the first place And they include huge factory farms which each year generate millions of pounds of animal manure that contaminates our rivers and streams These big agribusinesses unleashed a smear campaign designed to scare ordinary farmers into believing the EPA was out to grab their land and even regulate puddles It s completely untrue and it would be laughably ridiculous if it weren t so effective We choose clean water Will the U S Senate Still on Sept 9 despite the ongoing threats to our water the U S House voted to stop the EPA from closing the clean water loopholes with lawmakers repeating the polluters talking points 10 Now the polluters are pushing for a vote in the U S Senate to keep the EPA from ever being able to close these loopholes It s this simple If enough senators choose clean water we ll win If too many side with the polluters we could lose That s why we need your help right now Tell your senators to choose clean water Clean Water Updates News Release Environment Florida New report ranks Florida 1 for boating ST PETERSBURG Fla Florida ranks 1 for boating according to new data issued today by Environment Florida More than 37 million people visit Florida waterways like Tampa Bay and the Hillsborough River for boating fishing kayaking and more The Summer Fun Index comes as

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  • Protect Florida's Waters | Environment Florida
    on lobbyists and lawyers they ve carved loopholes in the law that leave more than half of America s streams open to pollution That s nearly 2 million miles of our streams at risk threatening the drinking water of 117 million Americans They also put at risk 20 million acres of wetlands an area the size of South Carolina and home to millions of birds and fish As a result of these loopholes hundreds of polluters are escaping any penalties In fact in a single 18 month period these loopholes undermined 500 EPA water pollution cases So together with our national federation Environment Florida took our case to the Obama administration urging the EPA to restore Clean Water Act protection to all of our waters We helped mobilize more than 700 000 Americans including 438 mayors and other local officials to join our call to action In April the EPA agreed to act proposing a new rule that would close the loopholes so the agency can enforce the law and stop the polluters We celebrated However now four big polluting industries are lobbying furiously to stop us Legal warfare Among our adversaries on this issue are big oil and gas companies which have thousands of miles of pipelines running through wetlands They re threatened legal warfare against the plan to restore protections to these wetlands Our opponents also include coal companies which are dumping the wastes from their mining into mountain streams They don t want these streams protected by the Clean Water Act They include powerful developers who want to pave over wetlands without restrictions A Michigan developer named Rapanos filed the court case that created the loopholes in the first place And they include huge factory farms which each year generate millions of pounds of animal manure that contaminates our rivers and streams These big agribusinesses unleashed a smear campaign designed to scare ordinary farmers into believing the EPA was out to grab their land and even regulate puddles It s completely untrue and it would be laughably ridiculous if it weren t so effective We choose clean water Will the U S Senate Still on Sept 9 despite the ongoing threats to our water the U S House voted to stop the EPA from closing the clean water loopholes with lawmakers repeating the polluters talking points 10 Now the polluters are pushing for a vote in the U S Senate to keep the EPA from ever being able to close these loopholes It s this simple If enough senators choose clean water we ll win If too many side with the polluters we could lose That s why we need your help right now Tell your senators to choose clean water Clean Water Updates News Release Environment Florida Small Businesses Elected Officials and Environmental Groups Stand Together for Stronger Clean Water Protections ST PETERSBURG Fla As tourists head south for the winter season in search of warm weather and outdoor activities Environment Florida and Gulf Restoration Network

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  • Protect Florida's Waters | Environment Florida
    since it first passed more than 40 years ago After spending millions of dollars on lobbyists and lawyers they ve carved loopholes in the law that leave more than half of America s streams open to pollution That s nearly 2 million miles of our streams at risk threatening the drinking water of 117 million Americans They also put at risk 20 million acres of wetlands an area the size of South Carolina and home to millions of birds and fish As a result of these loopholes hundreds of polluters are escaping any penalties In fact in a single 18 month period these loopholes undermined 500 EPA water pollution cases So together with our national federation Environment Florida took our case to the Obama administration urging the EPA to restore Clean Water Act protection to all of our waters We helped mobilize more than 700 000 Americans including 438 mayors and other local officials to join our call to action In April the EPA agreed to act proposing a new rule that would close the loopholes so the agency can enforce the law and stop the polluters We celebrated However now four big polluting industries are lobbying furiously to stop us Legal warfare Among our adversaries on this issue are big oil and gas companies which have thousands of miles of pipelines running through wetlands They re threatened legal warfare against the plan to restore protections to these wetlands Our opponents also include coal companies which are dumping the wastes from their mining into mountain streams They don t want these streams protected by the Clean Water Act They include powerful developers who want to pave over wetlands without restrictions A Michigan developer named Rapanos filed the court case that created the loopholes in the first place And they include

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  • Protect Florida's Waters Updates | Environment Florida
    10 to 9 Read more about Bipartisan group of legislators defeat pro fracking bill in state Senate clean water advocates celebrate News Release Environment Florida Hillsborough County Commissioners pass unanimous resolution against fracking The Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners voted late this morning on a resolution against fracking The resolution opposes some of the most egregious parts of Senate Bill 318 including the preemption of local governments ability to regulate all facets of oil and gas extraction and exploration Read more about Hillsborough County Commissioners pass unanimous resolution against fracking News Release Environment Florida Congress carried polluters dirty water today but ultimately clean water will win One day after failing to adopt a similar measure the U S Senate voted this afternoon to reverse the Obama administration s Clean Water Rule which restores protections to streams that help provide drinking water for 1 in 3 Americans Read more about Congress carried polluters dirty water today but ultimately clean water will win Report Environment Florida Scary Water Facts ST PETERSBURG Fla In anticipation of Halloween Environment Florida unveiled Scary Water Facts 13 Frightening Facts to Blow You out of the Water showing that while improving a terrifying concoction of chemicals bacteria and other pollutants still plague the James and Virginia s waterways Read more about Scary Water Facts News Release Environment Florida New report ranks Florida 1 for boating ST PETERSBURG Fla Florida ranks 1 for boating according to new data issued today by Environment Florida More than 37 million people visit Florida waterways like Tampa Bay and the Hillsborough River for boating fishing kayaking and more The Summer Fun Index comes as a new rule protecting thousands of waterways across the state takes effect Read more about New report ranks Florida 1 for boating News Release Environment Florida Obama administration

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  • Scary Water Facts | Environment Florida
    Blow You out of the Water Released by Environment Florida Release date Friday October 30 2015 Download Report PDF ST PETERSBURG Fla In anticipation of Halloween Environment Florida unveiled Scary Water Facts 13 Frightening Facts to Blow You out of the Water showing that while improving a terrifying concoction of chemicals bacteria and other pollutants still plague the James and Virginia s waterways Halloween is the season to be scared

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  • Polluting Politics | Environment Florida
    our waterways more than any other environmental issue 1 And after toxins in Lake Erie left 400 000 Toledo OH residents unable to drink the water coming out of their taps last August the need to protect our waterways is clear and present Despite Progress Pollution Remains More than half of America s rivers lakes and streams aren t safe for fishing swimming or drinking 2 Industrial facilities still reported dumping more than 206 million pounds of toxic pollution into our waterways in a single year 3 Fortunately Americans are taking action to urge decision makers to protect our waterways In a public comment period ending last fall everyday people submitted more than 800 000 public comments in support of the Obama Administration s plan to restore Clean Water Act protections to smaller waterways across the country far outnumbering those opposing the plan Many polluting industries and their trade associations however oppose these and other safeguards for our waters and our environment and these entities are deeply involved in our political system Indeed many of the same industrial polluters dumping millions of pounds of pollution in our waterways spend millions on elections and lobbying decision makers every year Some of the Nation s Biggest Polluters Use Their Deep Pockets to Attempt to Influence Policy The ten parent companies that reported the most industrial dumping in 2012 spent more than 53 million on lobbying in 2014 and contributed more than 9 4 million to candidates for federal office in the 2014 election cycle 4 Between them they reported dumping more than 95 million pounds of toxic chemicals into waterways across the country Congress Must Listen to Science Not the Polluters Despite the overwhelming public support for clean water in 2014 the US House of Representatives voted twice to block restoring Clean

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  • Release: Interactive map shows impacts of storms and floods hitting close to home | Environment Florida
    flooding last summer in Tampa Bay Hurricanes and other coastal storms are likely to be more powerful because warmer ocean temperatures provide more energy for these storms explained Dr David Hastings professor of marine science and chemistry at Eckerd College Hurricanes and coastal storms will also likely deliver more rainfall because of increased water vapor in a warmer atmosphere while storm surge could be more destructive as sea levels rise In addition to statistics for recent weather related disasters Environment Florida teamed up Dr Hastings and a group of his students at Eckerd College to gather the case studies and personal stories included in the map from Americans impacted by extreme weather events across the country including Floridians This area of Florida has been hit with an increasing frequency of storms but this one was so severe that it flooded over the streams and lakes began the story from Michelle from Orlando where a severe thunderstorm swept through central Florida a few years ago A lot of dangerous wildlife poisonous snakes snapping turtles alligators were able to swim up and down streets and sidewalks trapping people in their homes Anicka Chaffey one of the student researchers read the story from Jordan a current student at Eckerd present during last summer s severe flooding and rains In August 2015 the Tampa Bay area faced heavy rainstorms where partially treated sewage water spilled onto the Eckerd College campus and into neighboring Boca Ciega Bay The sewage water was high in potentially dangerous bacteria like E coli causing the surrounding waters to be shut down for recreational activity Unfortunately I was one of the students who didn t receive the safety alert in time and went swimming at the Eckerd College waterfront after the spill The map reveals that nationwide more than 57

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  • Solar for All | Environment Florida
    just as solar is about to reach a tipping point some utilities and other special interests want to throw new obstacles in the way Our Solar for All campaign is working to knock those barriers out of the way so more Americans can go solar We re working with our national network to urge mayors governors and others to set ambitious solar goals and commitments offer new solar incentives and promote new community solar programs And we re mobilizing people to counter the utilities and other special interests who want to make solar more expensive and harder to install We re fighting attacks And we re winning In just the past year we ve turned back attacks on solar in Arizona Colorado and New Mexico and won new commitments to solar in Austin and Houston Athens and Atlanta and New York State and California among other places Over the last 10 years we ve helped establish dozens of pro solar programs including the biggest California s Million Solar Roofs Initiative What can you do We want you to join us by showing your support for solar You can send an email to your local officials write a letter to your local newspaper attend one of our solar forums or join us at a news conference or other special event Whatever you can do the time for action is now Solar is at a tipping point If we keep winning more pro solar policies we ll see millions more Americans go solar in the next decade putting us on a path to a 100 renewable future If we let utilities and other special interests get in the way that future will remain out of reach as solar sputters and stalls Together we can achieve Solar for All We can do this Together we can bring more solar power to our homes our communities our churches and schools our workplaces and our lives and leave a cleaner healthier world for kids growing up today and future generations Solar For All Updates News Release Environment Florida Report highlights potential for solar energy on big box stores Environment Florida released a report today showing tremendous potential for solar installations on big box retailers grocery stores and shopping centers Keep Reading News Release Environment Florida Florida ranks 8th in Solar Jobs The Solar Foundation released its 2015 solar jobs census today showing 208 859 Americans now work in the solar energy sector including 6 560 in Florida The national solar jobs number represents a 20 2 percent increase from the previous year the third consecutive year that solar jobs have grown by 20 percent or more Keep Reading News Release Environment Florida Map 99 of Floridians live in counties affected by storms floods or other weather disasters Ninety nine percent of Floridians live in counties affected recently by weather related disasters including storms floods and other weather disasters according to new interactive map using data from the federal government Scientists say global warming is already

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