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  • ACTION ALERT - Help us reform Florida's Hurricane Catastrophe Fund
    state thus better protecting Florida s fish and wildlife habitats Important reform legislation has been filed in the 2012 Legislative Session House Bill 833 by Rep Bill Hager R Boca Raton and Senate Bill 1372 Sen JD Alexander R Lake Wales are a step in the right direction toward right sizing the Cat Fund and better protecting our environment insured s and you the taxpayer Please call your state senator and state representative and let them know you support reform of the Cat Fund SB 1372 will be heard Tuesday February 28 in the Senate Budget Subcommittee on General Government Appropriations CALL TODAY To contact members of the committee Senator Alan Hays hays alan web flsenate gov 850 487 5014 Chair Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto benacquisto lizbeth web flsenate gov 850 487 5356 Vice Chair Senator Oscar Braynon braynon oscar web flsenate gov 850 487 5116 Senator Lacenia Bullard bullard larcenia web flsenate gov 850 487 5127 Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla portilla miguel web flsenate gov 850 487 5109 Senator Audrey Gibson gibson audrey web flsenate gov 850 487 5024 Senator Dennis Jones jones dennis web flsenate gov 850 487 5065 Senator Jack Latvala latvala jack web flsenate gov 850 487 5075 Contact information for your members of the Florida Legislature can be found by following this link http www myfloridahouse gov Sections Representatives myrepresentative aspx Simply enter your zip code and you will be directed to the contact information for your representatives BACKGROUND Florida s insurance markets cannot be restored without including reform of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund Cat Fund The Cat Fund has the ability to tax any resident with a homeowners or auto insurance policy in Florida to pay for bonds it issues to pay its claims The Cat Fund was intended to supplement not

    Original URL path: http://www.fwfonline.org/News-and-Pressroom/ACTION-ALERT-----Help-us-reform-Florida%27s-Hurricane-Catastrophe-Fund-.aspx (2016-05-01)
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  • Florida House Bill 7003 Does Not Protect Our Water
    Floridians Florida House Bill 7003 Does Not Protect Our Water HB 7003 Does Not Advance Real Springs Restoration Many of Florida s world class springs are suffering from reduced water flows and excess nutrients Significant and expeditious action is necessary to restore springs Unfortunately HB 7003 Lacks deadlines for the adoption of minimum flows and levels MFLs for Priority Florida Springs Lacks deadlines for achieving water quality goals for impaired springs Lacks deadlines for restoring spring flows that have fallen below MFLs Allows pollution to continue to be introduced in springsheds from sewage sludge hazardous wastes new septic systems and wastewater disposal facilities which only treat effluent to minimum standards and animal feedlots HB 7003 Delays Lake Okeechobee Cleanup Florida s largest lake suffers from decades of neglect The lake discharges polluted water to the Everglades and to coastal estuaries Florida agreed to clean up the Lake Okeechobee by 2015 but has done little to meet water quality goals This bill Deletes the existing 2015 deadline for meeting water quality standards and offers no deadline for meeting the cleanup goal Sets aside an existing rule that allows state agencies to require that discharges meet water quality standards and adopts an

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  • Florida Wildlife Federation Establishes Matching Grant for Donations to Florida’s Water and Land Legacy Campaign
    important to ignore said Allison DeFoor chair of the Vote Yes on 1 campaign This significant contribution and matching grant will help us continue to spread the message that a Yes vote for Amendment 1 the Water and Land Conservation Amendment will restore funding and protect Florida s one of a kind rivers lakes springs and bays Since the campaign began the Florida Wildlife Federation board and its members have provided over 250 000 to aid the campaign At its Board meeting this past weekend FWF issued a challenge match to other supporters by pledging another 100 000 for a 2 1 match that must be received by October 30 This is the Federation s latest major contribution to Florida s Water and Land Legacy campaign The Federation s generosity will further the campaign s goal of educating Florida voters about the importance of Amendment 1 Amendment 1 the Water and Land Conservation Amendment will dedicate funding for conservation management and restoration of Florida s water and land resources for 20 years The Amendment which will take effect July 1 2015 after approval by Florida voters this November sets aside one third of the existing documentary stamp tax paid when real estate is sold to restore the Everglades protect drinking water sources and revive the state s historic commitment to protecting natural lands and wildlife habitat Passage of Amendment 1 will be a monumental step forward for the healthy future of Florida waters our fish and wildlife and public and private lands conservation The Amendment benefits Floridians and our youth by enhancing sustainable outdoor recreational opportunities across Florida Amendment 1 is needed to conserve our waters land and wildlife from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic to aid our great springs our rivers lakes and bays The Amendment will

    Original URL path: http://www.fwfonline.org/News-and-Pressroom/Florida-Wildlife-Federation-Establishes-Matching-Grant-for--Donations-to-Florida%E2%80%99s-Water-and-Land-Legacy-Campaign.aspx (2016-05-01)
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  • Florida Water Pollution Rules Approved By EPA | AP | By BILL KACZOR
    was dragging its heels on the issue favor the EPA rules and contend the state s alternative proposal is too weak to halt pollution that s causing toxic algae blooms choking the state s waters killing fish and making people sick Agriculture business and utility interests as well as Florida officials and political leaders including Gov Rick Scott favor the state s proposal arguing the EPA rules would be too expensive to implement The state of Florida has spent the past 14 years asking for more time to develop protective limits on sewage manure and fertilizer pollution said Frank Jackalone Florida staff director for the Sierra Club EPA has agreed to take immediate action to finally bring the Clean Water Act to Florida with strong rules that will clean up our slime fouled springs rivers lakes and beaches The agency though left the door open to later apply the state rules to more waterways The Florida Department of Environmental Protection which drafted the state s proposal indicated it intends to aggressively pursue that opening While the EPA has approved the state s criteria we are disappointed about EPA s decision to issue new proposed federal rules the state agency said in a statement We will work with them to craft solutions that will allow the state to assume all nutrient criteria rulemaking in Florida That soothed some of the disappointment for opponents of the federal rules The EPA s stamp of approval on the Florida science backing the standards developed by FDEP is encouraging as the state will need to continue to work with the agency on new proposed regulations Associated Industries of Florida President and CEO Tom Feeney said in a statement Still Florida Farm Bureau Federation President John Hoblick couldn t put aside his disappointment saying his group

    Original URL path: http://www.fwfonline.org/News-and-Pressroom/Florida-Water-Pollution-Rules-Approved-By-EPA--%7C--AP--%7C--By-BILL-KACZOR.aspx (2016-05-01)
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  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Agrees to Set Enforceable Clean Water Limits for 100,000 Miles of Florida Waters
    has agreed to immediately propose enforceable numeric limits to curb the water pollution that causes toxic algae outbreaks taints drinking water kills wildlife and threatens public health in Florida After years of court battles and foot dragging the federal agency has agreed to establish numeric pollution limits for some 100 000 miles of Florida waterways and 4 000 square miles of estuaries Standards for Florida s lakes and springs have already been set Slime outbreaks and Red Tides are a pestilence on the state contaminating water killing fish destroying property values and chasing off tourists Now the EPA has to stop dragging its feet and deal with it said Earthjustice attorney David Guest We fought every polluting industry in Florida for four years to get to this result Currently Florida and most other states have only vague standards regulating contamination from the inadequately treated sewage manure and fertilizer that runs off into lakes and streams Because Florida is so hot and so flat these contaminants fuel massive slime outbreaks and recurrent Red Tide EPA s response here will set the standard for the nation What we ve lacked is a set of quantifiable numbers that are basically a speed limit sign to make the law clear and enforceable Guest said The EPA will now start painting the numbers on that speed limit sign It will be abundantly clear what the rules are The EPA got several court granted delays in the case and was seeking another which U S District Judge Robert Hinkle today failed to grant Now using extensive data it has been collecting and analyzing in concert with Florida Department of Environmental Protection scientists the EPA will impose numeric limits on the allowable amount of phosphorus and nitrogen so called nutrient pollution in the state s waterways The EPA began working to set pollution limits for Florida in 2009 part of a settlement in a 2008 Clean Water Act suit filed by Earthjustice in the Northern District of Florida on behalf of the Florida Wildlife Federation the Conservancy of Southwest Florida the Environmental Confederation of Southwest Florida St John s Riverkeeper and the Sierra Club The suit challenged the decade long delay by the state and federal governments in setting limits for the pollution The state of Florida has spent the past 14 years asking for more time to develop protective limits on sewage manure and fertilizer pollution Today the time is up said Frank Jackalone Florida Staff Director for the Sierra Club EPA has agreed to take immediate action to finally bring the Clean Water Act to Florida with strong rules that will clean up our slime fouled springs rivers lakes and beaches The public supports the EPA pollution limits In response to a call for action more than 40 000 citizens have written the White House this year urging the Obama Administration to stand firm on imposing effective federal standards for Florida waters We are pleased that Floridians do not have to wait any longer to

    Original URL path: http://www.fwfonline.org/News-and-Pressroom/U.S.-Environmental-Protection-Agency-Agrees-to-Set--Enforceable-Clean-Water-Limits-for-100%2c000-Miles-of-Florida-Waters-.aspx (2016-05-01)
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  • Lawsuit Filed to Clean Up Caloosahatchee River
    a nauseating smell gives people respiratory problems causes massive fish kills and harms many wild species The Glades Hendry and Lee County public health departments have had to issue multiple public health warnings saying that that neither people nor animals should come into contact with the water drink it or eat the fish Lee County s Olga drinking water plant which draws from the river and is supposed to serve 40 000 people has had to shut down repeatedly because the water is unfit to drink even after extensive treatment The suit available at this link is filed against the U S Army Corps of Engineers because the Corps has caused the Caloosahatchee s problems by cutting off the river s water supply The Corps operates three water control structures which regulate the flow of water from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee estuary at the Gulf of Mexico Instead of providing the Caloosahatchee with the flow it needs to stay healthy the Corps diverts water to irrigate 500 000 acres of sugar cane fields south of Lake Okeechobee The river is too often left stagnant and polluted The Corps refusal to supply enough fresh water from Lake Okeechobee is wrecking the Caloosahatchee said Earthjustice attorney David Guest It s an environmental crisis and it s also an economic one Tourists who came to visit Sanibel Island over the Christmas break this year arrived to find stinking green algae and dead fish on the beaches People have had to endure a nasty stench in downtown Fort Myers Dead fish have washed up on the beaches in front of condos and hotels in Naples This can t be good for tourism ABC News in Fort Myers last week interviewed a fisherman Dan Sabo who lives on the Caloosahatchee and he said he

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  • Will Florida save its springs or let them die?
    treasures fonts of crystal clear water oases for animals and plants year round playgrounds for swimmers and divers from across the state and around the world But Florida s springs are dying Less water is flowing due in part to overpumping from their underground water supply to feed the development beast They are increasingly slimed by algae and weeds fed by nitrogen phosphorous and other nutrients contained in the run off from storm drains fertilized lawns and septic tanks At the iconic Silver Springs near Ocala famed for its glass bottom boats the flow has dropped by at least half since 2000 this year reaching its lowest level ever Algae tints the water green and weeds cover most of the white sandy bottom This is an emerging environmental disaster And an economic one A state commissioned study in 2004 estimated that recreation and tourism associated with Silver Springs added 61 million a year to the economy and supported more than 1 000 jobs Silver Springs may be the poster child for decline but others closer to Orlando including Wekiwa Springs also are becoming gummed up with algae State environmental regulators and officials from the five water district agencies insist they are aware of the threat to the springs And yet our springs are still dying In recent years state leaders have thrown more energy into fighting efforts led by environmental groups to impose more stringent water quality standards that would reduce nutrient pollution And last year Gov Rick Scott and lawmakers slashed funding for the state s water management districts With friends of the environment like these well Advocates for saving Silver Springs have lately been galvanized by a proposal from a Canadian auto parts magnate to pump 13 million gallons of water a day from the aquifer to develop

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  • Speeches from "Speak up for Silver Springs and Florida’s Waters" Event
    Allies Friends Donations of Stock Special Donations Programs FWF Photo Contest Create A Wildlife Habitat GreenStar Certification Sweepstakes FWF Scholarship Fund Speeches from Speak up for Silver Springs and Florida s Waters Event Date 06 27 2012 Speak Up for Silver Springs and Florida s Waters was a call to action to protect and restore Florida s imperiled waterways held at Silver River State Park It included important public statements

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