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.