Dear Friends of Florida’s waters:

I have just three quick items today for you:

1.  Comment letter on proposed additions/revisions Florida’s water quality standards through the Triennial Review.
2.  Thank you for getting the comment period extended on the Triennial Review.
3.  Victory for the Blackwater State Forest.

1.  Comment letter on proposed additions/revisions Florida’s water quality standards through the Triennial Review.

The sign-on comment letter is drafted and I’m now editing and fact-checking it.  I hope to finish today but it may be over the weekend before I get it out to you.  I WILL NEED FOR YOU TO READ IT AND PLEASE SIGN IT FOR YOUR GROUP, BUSINESS OR YOURSELF.  Alternatively you can write your own and use any part of ours that is helpful to you.  The deadline for submittal is March 4th, so please don’t delay on this once you get it from me.  All you have to do is simply send me an email with your sign-on info (name, address, group/business if applicable, etc.)  We must let the Governor know that it is not okay to increase the amount of carcinogenic chemicals that the state will allow in our drinking water sources and fish that we eat from Florida waters.  No matter how they spin the bottle, their numbers game is nothing short of a cancer lottery and if you live in Florida then you are forced to play.  We must fight this fiercely and it will take a huge effort to stop this, so please help all that you can.

2.  Thank you for getting the comment period extended on the Triennial Review.

After the last Weekly Update about the DEP’s mini-comment period for the Triennial Review – hundreds of you responded by sending DEP an email in protest of their inadequate timeline.  THANK YOU!!! Your efforts were successful and the comment period was extended until March 4th.  SEE WHAT YOU CAN DO WHEN WE ALL WORK TOGETHER!!!!

3.  Victory for the Blackwater State Forest. –

Many of you have helped us stop the proposed legislative bill by Rep. Doug Broxson that would allow oil and gas drilling in Blackwater State Forest.  On Wednesday Broxson withdrew HB 431 but vowed to revisit the issue at another time.  We’ll see about that as he got his hands slapped pretty badly by the local community and people from outside of the immediate area as well.  Anyone who has visited the Blackwater State Forest, Blackwater River and Bay know that this is no place for the oil industry.  A Milton woman by the name of Marsha Fuqua led the fight and did an outstanding job.  She deserves full credit for nipping this legislation in the bud so quickly and getting people educated and galvanized to protect this valuable resource.  My hat is off to Marsha for her commitment, dedication, skills and success.

That’s it for now.  I’m getting back to work on finishing my edits on the comment letter. When you get it, please feel free to make suggestions on how we can make it better.  Your help and commitment to Florida’s waters is always greatly appreciated and is making a difference for the future of Florida’s most valuable resources.

Very warm regards,
And for all of Florida’s waters,

Linda Young
Director
Clean Water Network of FL
850/322-7978
P.O. Box 5124
Navarre, FL  32566


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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