Help stop two bad Florida water bills: HB 1149 and SB 1308

Remember the Florida bill with the bad amendment, withdrawn because you called? Well, the bill itself, HB 1149, is bad enough, and near to a vote.

Please sign Margaret Tolbert’s petition against that and another bad bill, HB 1308.

Saturday crowd at Madison Blue Spring,
Photo: John S. Quarterman for WWALS, from the Suwannee River, of Saturday crowd at Madison Blue Spring, 2017-06-24.

According to a March 1, 2018, Tampa Bay Times article:

“Cynthia Barnett, the author of three books on water and an environmental fellow in residence at the University of Florida’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service, said the bills are based on a faulty assumption concerning how much water Florida needs for its future growth.

The bills say that Florida will need 7.7 billion gallons of water per day by 2030, or 1.3 billion gallons more than the state was using in 2010. That, Barnett said, ‘would only be true if we live wastefully with water and irrigate as profligately as we have in the past, and all signs are pointing in the opposite direction. The most important things we can do going forward are to use less and pollute less — not plan for using more and more.’

During a January committee hearing on the Senate bill, Sierra Club lobbyist David Cullen warned legislators that if the bills pass it could harm the aquifer, ‘and once the aquifer is contaminated, it’s broken.'”

Tell Florida legislators we don’t want treated sewer water in our aquifer.

Please sign the petition.

And please also contact your Florida state Senator directly. There are only three of them in the Suwannee River Basin in Florida and two more in the Withlacoochee (south) River Basin.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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