Dear Friends of Florida’s Waters:

Here’s what you will find below:

  1. More on septic tank report;
  2. Update on lawsuit over the Georgia-Pacific pipeline to the St Johns including petition launch and press conference yesterday;
  3. Request to contact Rep. Gwen Graham about Keystone pipeline.

Septic tank report

First of all, thank you to everyone who took the time to read some or all of the septic tank report that I released in my last email to you. I know it’s a lot to read but hopefully it will be helpful. I heard from many of you and even got some very helpful suggestions, so thank you for your excellent feedback. Not many of you requested the spread sheet which I really think will be helpful to you and it’s so easy to use. It is organized county by county, so you can quickly find what you are looking for. Here are the topics covered in the spreadsheet:

  1. Number of septic tanks permitted in each county in 2013;
  2. Total number of permitted septic tanks in each county;
  3. Complete list of 1st and 2nd magnitude springs in the state, listed by county;
  4. List of threatened or impaired springs in the state listed by county;
  5. Counties with proactive ordinances for septic tanks;
  6. Counties in the process of converting septic tanks to central sewer;
  7. Counties with impaired waters caused by or contributed to by septic tanks;

Some people requested the report in a Word document and I’m happy to send that to you upon request.


Update on lawsuit over the Georgia-Pacific pipeline to the St Johns including petition launch and press conference yesterday

Yesterday we launched a petition campaign on that calls on the US Attorney in Tampa to investigate the circumstances surrounding the granting of permission by the state of Florida (FDEP) to Georgia-Pacific/Koch Industries to smother the sovereign submerged lands beneath the St Johns River without Governor and Cabinet approval or any opportunity by the public to have a voice in that decision. This is related to our current lawsuit on the same subject matter.

You may access the petition here at this link:

Please take just a minute to sign the petition and pass it on to the friends and colleagues that you count on to support the protection of Florida’s waters and our state constitutional rights (which is what we are fighting for in this lawsuit).

The announcement about our petition was made at a press conference held in St Pete by Environment Florida. (Here is the link to a video of the press conference – 15 minutes long: I was there to talk about the Koch brothers and their pulp and paper mills in Palatka and Perry (Georgia-Pacific and Buckeye). Environment Florida released a new report that shows that Koch Industries spent $20million on lobbying and political campaign contributions in 2013 and their mill in Perry, Buckeye, released more toxins into Florida’s environment than any other industry in Florida. No wonder they get away with breaking the law, stealing public lands and killing our rivers and the northeastern Gulf of Mexico!!! Money talks in Tallahassee and Washington. Here is the link to the report:

Request to contact Rep. Gwen Graham about Keystone pipeline.

Most of us expected some positive changes when Rep. Gwen Graham replaced Steve Southerland as Florida’s 2nd Congressional district representative. Unfortunately here votes so far have left many of us wondering about her and what she is thinking.

Especially disappointing is that she has voted for the Keystone XL TWICE!!! But she can still help stop any override of the President’s veto – please call Gwen today and tell her we say NO to the Keystone pipeline.

It will take less than 2 minutes of your day. I just timed myself making the call.

Phone: (202) 225-5235
Fax: (202) 225-5615

I asked the man who answered the phone why she is voting for the pipeline. He said that she believes that it will happen one way or another and that the pipe is the safest way. You may want to ask the same question. Tell them that the Florida Clean Water Network suggested that you call as I promised him he would hear from our members on this issue.

I have much more to tell you but I’m still trying to keep these emails shorter than in the past. But you may get another one very soon, so keep an eye out. Thank you for your hard work to educate your communities, protect our water resources and to keep our democracy alive and thriving.

For all of Florida’s waters,

Linda Young

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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