The Suwannee River is drying up and still the nearby Buckeye pulp mill is pulling 90 million gallons of water per day out of the aquifer – free of charge. Does that bother anyone? If that’s not enough, they take that water, load it up with a toxic-chemical soup and tons of solids from chopped up trees and dump it into the Fenholloway River (which is long-ago dried up) and let it flow to the Gulf of Mexico. There it lies in a big putrid dead zone, where very little can survive for long.

Yes, the lunatics have taken over the asylum and they are trying their best to make everyone crazy.

A man recently told me that he wanted to see the Fenholloway for himself and that frankly he did not believe that it could be as bad as we make it sound. He took his kayak up the river – yes up the river!!! He said the air/fumes rising up off the river were so bad that it was burning his throat and lungs. He was appalled and horrified that the state could allow a river to be that chemically saturated. As i have said so many times, the river is the industrial sewage from the mill. It is not a river and it goes right into the Gulf of Mexico, and the richest fishery in the Eastern Gulf. Of course the fish aren’t doing too well in the nearshore waters near the mouth of the Fenholloway.  In fact, there is a 10 square mile dead zone there. Yes, a dead zone, right in the middle of the Big Bend Aquatic Seagrass Preserve.  Nearby, there are clam beds and scallops and a small thriving industry.  All that is threatened even further as now Buckeye is changing its product mix to make even more of their most toxic product – dissolving pulp – and it will get even worse. We are doing everything we can to stop them but we need your help.


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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