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Monday, Sep 01, 2014
Letter of the Day

Florida dropping the ball on clean water

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According to our legislative leaders, there is not enough time or resources to focus on cleaning up Florida waters.

As a native Floridian, I have visited the Everglades many times, and I have been lucky enough to swim and canoe in its waterways. However, a quarter of what is left of the Everglades is polluted from animal waste and fertilizers.

Loopholes in the Clean Water Act are allowing polluters to use our wetlands and streams as dumping grounds, and hundreds of miles of these waterways are still being harmed. The Everglades is a place that I grew up loving, but its waters are now too contaminated to use.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and our legislators in Tallahassee are dropping the ball on clean water. Now, more than ever, we need the Environmental Protection Agency to move forward with closing loopholes in the Clean Water Act so we can restore protections to all of Florida’s waterways.

Michela Vaccaro

West Palm Beach

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