THE EVERGLADES NEEDS YOUR HELP - OPPOSE HB 7065

America’s Everglades is under assault from HB 7065 which would capriciously cap the liability of large polluters and restrict enforcement of pollution discharge permits in the Everglades Agricultural Area. The bill is scheduled for a vote in the important House Appropriations Committee tomorrow, Thursday, March 14th. This will most likely be the last committee to hear the bill before it is brought before the entire House. Many environmental organizations oppose this bad bill and are working hard to protect your Everglades.

Take Action

Take action to protect the Everglades Today. Contact members of the House Approrpriations Committee with a message in your own words, or you may use this prepared and addressed email* (just make sure you add your name and address at the bottom).

Bill Specifics

·      Caps the amount of money sugar growers pay to build and operate projects to clean up the polluted waters coming off their fields; shifting the burden of paying for Everglades restoration from the polluters to you, the taxpayer.. This is in direct conflict with the will of the voters of Florida. In 1996 Floridians overwhelming passed the “Polluter Pays” amendment to the Florida Constitution stating “those in the Everglades Agricultural Area who cause water pollution within the Everglades Protection Area or the Everglades Agricultural Area shall be primarily responsible for paying the costs of the abatement of that pollution.”

·       Prohibits discharges from being deemed to cause or contribute to any violation of water quality standards in the Everglades Protection area if the polluter has a permit, weakening the ability of our state agencies and environmental groups to enforce current regulations to protect the Everglades from further harm.

Take Action

Unfortunately, many House Appropriation Committee Members have signaled they plan to support this terrible bill at the expense of the Everglades and Florida taxpayers. It is up to you, concerned citizens and voters, to demand that Big Sugar be held responsible for their current actions and pay their share for the damage they have caused.

Take action to protect the Everglades Today. Contact members of the House Approrpriations Committee with a message in your own words, or you may use this prepared and addressed email* (just make sure you add your name and address at the bottom).

It's your voice that counts.

Read more about the economic impact of big sugar subsidies in this
Wall Street Journal article.

Thank You.

Florida Conservation Coalition