Throughout our country, there are so many epic struggles going on in the natural world. We as sportsman appreciate nature as much or more than those who don’t immerse themselves in Nature’s wonders.
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Right now in Florida, one of the fishiest places in the country, our most precious resource, water, is in a total crisis from multiple contributing factors. Most of these are man-made and have been accumulating negative effects for decades. Now we seem to be at a tipping point in many areas and it is a drastic reminder of how we continue to interfere and meddle with Nature’s intricate system of balance.
The tendency is to say it is fragile, but actually, it is incredibly resilient and only because our negative input is so strong, that these natural systems have been brought to the brink.
Please watch these videos to learn more about the problem and the obtainable solutions. There are no quick fixes, but there are viable long-term solutions that continue to be hindered by the interests of big business and their pet politicians.
Learn the facts and then please take action. Sign the petitions, modify our own personal impacts and learn who to vote out and back in.
The long-term solution is to correct our diversion of the natural flow of freshwater to the Everglades. The water naturally flowed south and needs to again. In fact, Everglades National Park and Florida Bay are in peril from the lack of freshwater. We’ve really messed up the historic plumbing of Florida.
Capt. Chris Whittman of Captains For Clean Water said, “If the country saw sludge and destruction being pumped into Yellowstone National Park, everyone would go crazy to stop it, yet the Everglades and other Florida estuaries are just as unique and special, but they are being quietly suffocated and poisoned.”
Florida’s Amendment 1, which gave funding for preservation projects and land acquisition, had the support of 78% of Florida’s voters, an unprecedented majority, yet the elected officials deny the will of the people and use only a fraction of the money for its intended use. The largest part of hundreds of millions of conservation dollars are funneled off for “administrative costs”. This is not new and the solutions have been procrastinated or sabotaged for twenty years.
Time is of the essence as more “don’t touch the water” signs go up and everyone who loves the water suffers. Businesses are going under, property values and markets are collapsing and the option to buy the vital land needed to send water south are set to expire in 2020. Politicians are saying we’ll talk about it in 2021, after the option expires. How convenient. Please help us take action! Lend us your voice no matter where you live.
We are at the tipping point. Which side will you put your weight on? Without clean water, we have nothing!
Here are the tools to learn more and make your voice heard!
Please sign the Now or Neverglades Declaration
Organizations mobilizing the fight.
Costa – Working hard for solutions.
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