Moms for Clean Water, Allen Ramp, Withlacoochee River, Hamilton Co., FL 2019-06-01

Five #MomsforCleanWater took pictures before paddling from Allen Ramp on the Withlacoochee River, past Powerline Spring, Fairy Spring, and Corbett Spring in Hamilton County, as well as four shoals, inclding the infamous Melvin Shoals, and second magnitude Suwannacoochee Spring in Madison County, all in Florida.

[Cathy and Debra #MomsforCleanWater]
Cathy and Debra #MomsforCleanWater

You can print the PDF of the form they’re holding and post your own selfie, hashtags #MomsforCleanWater #SuwanneeRiverkeeper. Waterkeepers Florida has a handy web form to send your picture on to the First Lady of Florida.

[Cathy Smith #MomsforCleanWater]
Cathy Smith #MomsforCleanWater My River Is: All
Water is Life! Recreation, Living, Health.

A project of Waterkeepers Florida (Suwannee Riverkeeper is one of thirteen), Moms for Clean Water:

At the beginning of this year, First Lady Casey DeSantis made a powerful statement: “We feel an obligation as parents and we feel we should work on behalf of all the parents of this great state to make sure their children have a clean environment and clean water to grow up on.”

We, the Moms for Clean Water, applaud the DeSantis’ commitment to restoring and protecting our state’s waters, but it is clear that our legislature does not share that commitment. This legislative session failed to yield any meaningful protections to our water.

Moms for Clean Water represents mothers around the state of Florida calling for meaningful protection for ALL of our water resources. We believe that our water should be clean and safe enough for our children to fish in, swim in, and drink from.

[Debra Lister #MomsforCleanWater]
Debra Lister #MomsforCleanWater My River Is: All
Recreation, paddling, & fishing. Living, general.


Protect ALL Florida Waters
Too often we see priority given to water resources in specific geographic or socioeconomic regions of the state while others are neglected. In Florida, all of our waterways are connected. To pollute one is to pollute them all. We urge comprehensive protections for ALL of our state’s waters.

Stop Pollution at the Source
The old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is especially true when it comes to protecting our waterways. It makes so much more sense to keep pollution out of our waterways than spending the time, energy, and money to try to clean it up after it has become polluted. We support policies that keep toxic pollution OUT of our waterways, rather than attempting to clean it up after the fact.

Protect Our Land, Protect Our Water
One of the best ways to protect our waterways is to protect the land around it. Conservation land provides a variety of ecosystem services including water purification, resiliency, and habitat protection. Land that is conserved in its natural state supports vegetation that is extremely effective at removing nutrients and other pollutants from stormwater and keeping them out of our waterways. We are calling for increased funding to acquire conservation land to protect our water resources.

[Carolyn #MomsforCleanWater]
Carolyn #MomsforCleanWater My River Is: Withlacoochee
Love my rivers and want them clean for generations to come!

What to include in your letter to First Lady Casey DeSantis:

If you share our commitment to clean water, please consider writing a letter to First Lady Casey DeSantis to share your story about how you and your children connect with Florida’s waters and call on her to ensure meaningful protection for ALL of our state’s waters.

  • Emphasize our call to action: 1) protect ALL Florida waters, 2) stop pollution at the source, and 3) protect our land, protect our water
  • Include your story about your local watershed
  • Upload a picture of you and your kids enjoying your favorite waterbody

[Tasha #MomsforCleanWater]
Tasha #MomsforCleanWater My River Is: Alapaha
Water is life. We need to preserve it for our future.

You can use this handy web form to Share your Moms for Clean Water story and use the hashtags #MomsForCleanWater, #ProtectWhatYouLove, #CaseyDeSantisForCleanWater. Nominate and tag five moms you know to join you in writing a letter and sharing their clean water stories.

[Trudy #MomsforCleanWater]
Trudy Cole #MomsforCleanWater My River Is: All of them!!!
I am a Mom for Clean Water for my children and grandchildren.

You can use this photo sheet with your selfie, if you like.

[Fill out and post a selfie]
Fill out and post a selfie

If you print it double-sided, it has all about the project on the back.

[Write to Florida's First Lady]
Write to Florida’s First Lady

Or use the convenient web form by Waterkeepers Florida, or write your own letter your way.

Don’t forget the hashtags, #MomsForCleanWater, #ProtectWhatYouLove, #CaseyDeSantisForCleanWater, #SuwanneeRiverkeeper.

Yesterday, 350 paddlers in Paddle Georgia went down that same route on the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail. The water was up, and Melvin Shoals was a breeze. Today, we paddle down the Suwannee River from Suwannee River State Park to Dowling Park. #PaddleGA2019

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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