OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED MANATEE DOWNLISTING:
Manatees rely on healthy aquatic ecosystems, but in Florida, critical water issues stem from upland land use, runoff, and water consumption for human use. Florida faces serious and increasing threats to the quality and quantity of its water supply, which the State of Florida has been unwilling or unable to resolve. Organizations and businesses working in Florida and committed to protecting our state’s water resources, have submitted comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in opposition to their proposed rule to reclassify the West Indian manatee from Endangered to Threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. Read the letter from organizations and businesses, who have written in opposition to the FWS proposal to downlist manatees.
2016 WATER BILL:
At simultaneous press conferences on December 9, 2015, clean water activists delivered a letter signed by 106 organizations and businesses to Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, calling for real protection of the state’s imperiled waterways. See photos and the sign-on letter from the Press Conferences held on December 9, 2015