Judge rules that backpumping polluted water into Lake Okeechobee does violate the Clean Water Act

by | March 31, 2014 | Legal Actions   

Dear Friends of the Everglades,

This victory today (see press release below) is important environmental news for future health of Lake O and the Everglades. Friends of the Everglades was the lead plaintiff in the State of Florida on this case and, we litigated it in the District Court twice, appealed to the 11th Circuit twice, and took it to the US Supreme Court, twice. That’s a lot of work and, we’re still not finished – there are a few more steps before the noxious practice of back-pumping canal water, highly-polluted with agricultural chemicals, into Lake Okeechobee is finally stopped for good.

This NY case, in which Friends of the Everglades is an intervenor (along with other environmental groups), will probably be appealed again, but now the US Supreme Court should be able to get a square look at this really bad, EPA “Water Transfer Rule”. Let’s keep our fingers and toes crossed. If you get bored keeping your fingers and toes crossed,  tax-deductible donations to Friends of the Everglades are always needed and appreciated to keep on protecting Marjory’s “River of Grass” (www.everglades.org/join)!

~ Albert Slap, Esq.



Categories Legal Actions | Tags: | Published in March, 2014 |

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