Tell South Florida water managers to buy U.S. Sugar Corp. land while they can!

Friends,

One of the biggest issues facing Everglades restoration in 2015 is the State’s decision whether or not to buy 46,800 acres of land south of Lake Okeechobee from U.S. Sugar Corp. before the option expires this October.

Phosphorus and sulfur runoff from the sugar industry are polluting the Everglades, leading to ecosystem collapse and a buildup of toxic methyl-mercury. We have reached the limits of our technology to remove those pollutants through Stormwater Treatment Areas and the water that flows through these STAs is still above the pollutant limit scientists believe are necessary to maintain the Everglades ecosystem.

As long as Big Sugar is operating in Florida, the only way to improve the water quality and flow into the Everglades is to increase the area of land dedicated to treatment.

You can TAKE ACTION by emailing the Governing Board members of the South Florida Water Management District (copy and paste emails below) today!

Addresses – dokeefe@sfwmd.gov, kpowers@sfwmd.gov, fbarber@sfwmd.gov, sbatchel@sfwmd.gov, mhutchcraft@sfwmd.gov, mpeterson@sfwmd.gov, jmoran@sfwmd.gov, jportuon@sfwmd.gov, bguillory@sfwmd.gov, mkivett@sfwmd.gov

Subject line – Buy U.S. Sugar land now!

Message

Dear Governing Board members,

As an affected Florida resident, I am asking you to take the steps necessary to buy the 46,800 acres of land from U.S. Sugar Corp. We have reached the limits of current technology in our Stormwater Treatment Areas for the removal of phosphorus from water flowing out of the Everglades Agricultural Area. The only way we have to improve the quality and flow of water is to increase the amount of land dedicated to its treatment. This deal is only on the table until October 12, 2015 and it may be the best and only chance the state has to protect the only Everglades in the world, we do not have time to delay, please do what you can to act on this option before time runs out!

 Sincerely,
[Your name and city]
Categories Conservation, Environmental Issues, Legal Actions, News and Media, Take Action | Tags: | Published in February, 2015 |

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2 Comments

  1. by promopays

    On June 20, 2016

    As an affected Florida resident, I am asking you to take the steps necessary to buy the 46,800 acres of land from U.S. Sugar Corp. We have reached the limits of current technology in our Stormwater Treatment Areas for the removal of phosphorus from water flowing out of the Everglades Agricultural Area. The only way we have to improve the quality and flow of water is to increase the amount of land dedicated to its treatment. This deal is only on the table until October 12, 2015 and it may be the best and only chance the state has to protect the only Everglades in the world, we do not have time to delay, please do what you can to act on this option before time runs out!

  2. by Jeff Fish

    On July 3, 2016

    Hello. I am a third generation native to south Fl. and I am outraged by what has been done to Fl. in the name of greed. I want to help but don’t know how. I have no money but I have some time. I would really like to have an impact on stopping big sugar and the poisoning they carry out on our waters and our bodies. Please let me know what I can do. Sincerely, Jeff Fish.

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