Some Floridians have resisted (to put it mildly) legislative efforts to better regulate the use of septic tanks. Why? We think it should be just fine to dump our untreated sewage into our sandy soils where it travels to nearby springs, rivers and estuaries. I say “nearby” because no one in Florida is ever far from some type of surface water. It is when the nutrients and bacteria from our untreated or barely-treated sewage enters our water that the problems begin. Florida Clean Water Network will soon release a statewide report on the use and regulation (or lack thereof) of septic tanks in Florida. We hope to raise awareness of the problems that we have created for ourselves and others by the reckless use of these systems.

About the Author

Linda Young has been the executive director of the Clean Water Network of Florida since 1994. From 1989 to 1997, she founded and published a monthly statewide environmental newspaper. Over the past twenty three years, she has co-founded some of the most long-lasting and effective environmental organizations in the Southeast, including the Gulf Restoration Network, Gulf Coast Environmental Defense and C.A.T.E. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Southern Oregon University and a M.A. in Political Science/Campaign Management from the University of West Florida.

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