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3. You can also read through several present and past Policy Action Alerts below for more detail on the issues.

Policy Action Alerts

Stop Oil Exploration in Big Cypress National Preserve

An oil company is proposing to conduct a large scale seismic survey in search of oil over 70,540 acres in the Big Cypress National Preserve. These lands are critical to maintaining water flows in the Everglades and provide a sanctuary to numerous endangered species including, the Florida panther, red-cockaded woodpecker, Florida bonneted bat, and the wood stork.

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Why this Rule is Crucial for Protecting Water and Wetlands

Over the past 13 years, many of Florida’s wetlands and upstream flowing waters have lost protection in the wake of two confusing Supreme Court decisions which changed what waters were to be protected under the federal Clean Water Act.  In fact, based on a federal agency study in Florida, 74-percent to 89 percent of the total number of wetlands in Florida are at risk of losing protection as a result of the ensuing regulatory uncertainty. These small streams and wetlands are vital to replenishing our drinking water supply, filtering out pollutants and providing flood protection.  

On May 27th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jointly finalized a rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation's water resources. This rule restores protections for Florida's headwater wetlands, flowways and streams; therefore, improving the water quality and condition of downstream coastal rivers and estuaries with their significant benefits and recreational uses such as swimming and fishing.

However, many polluting industries have joined forces to fight this rulemaking, gaining the support of numerous congressional representatives in their opposition, including passage of a bill in the U.S. House earlier this year to block the rulemaking from being implemented.  Now, Floridians need to express their support of the Clean Water Rule to the U.S. Senate to ensure that the rulemaking moves forward without additional opposition and that the rule is implemented to restore appropriate federal regulatory oversight.

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Take action today to submit comments in support of the Clean Water Rule to your U.S. Senate representative and other key Senate leaders. You can submit comments by going to our Take Action page.

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Don't let sugar go back on their word

Enormous amounts of water are shunted from Lake Okeechobee to the east and west each year through the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers, instead of to the south where it historically flowed and belongs.

The C-43 Reservoir is vital to stemming some of these flows, as well as holding water to provide back to the Caloosahatchee River during the dry season, when the river and estuary suffer from too little flows.

However, to stop the harmfully high discharges that are destroying the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers and estuaries, more land south of Lake Okeechobee is needed to provide an alternate path and place to store this water.

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