Stop the Pollution of the Everglades with methyl-Mercury

The fish swimming in our Everglades are poisoned with toxic mercury. The only way to fix this is to regulate runoff from the Everglades Agricultural Area.

According to a Miami Herald report, "Bottlenose dolphins swimming off the Florida Everglades, beloved for zipping alongside lonely boaters in the remote bays and rivers chiseled out of the vast marshes, have the highest levels of mercury ever documented in the mammals, researchers have found.” The highest levels of mercury ever documented in mammals. The recent news fails to point at the one source of mercury we know to exist, also in the highest recordings in the world: Everglades canals supplied by run-off water from sugar fields in the Everglades Agricultural Area. Each year, hundreds of thousands of pounds of sulfur is added by Big Sugar to depleted soils in order to promote higher crop yields. The sulfur promotes bioaccumulation and the formation of the deadly, toxic form of mercury in the Everglades. Why hasn’t the state set limits on sulfur used by Big Sugar? Why won’t the state invest in science to find out if the Everglades Agricultural Area is contributing to the massive recordings of mercury in dolphin and other mammals that use the Everglades?

 

The cycle of methyl-mercury generation (credit USGS)

Who's signing

Lea Leonard
Jim Loveland
Martha Singleton
Robyn Harper
Denise Luna
Karuna Eberl
Ryan Imhof
Alain Dezii
Irene Misconi
Emily Bourie
Emma Godwin
John Hayth
Katherine Bowden
jolett reyes
James Keys
Vanessa Tabor
Ulysses Dorazio
Jose Rueda
Mark Hofmeister
sabrina ramos
Brock Horner
Donald Colombo
Matt Presby
Connie Washburn
29 signatures

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Showing 24 reactions

  • Lea Leonard
    signed 2018-09-25 11:23:06 -0400
  • Jim Loveland
    signed 2018-09-24 15:47:15 -0400
  • Martha Singleton
    signed 2018-09-06 15:10:29 -0400
  • Robyn Harper
    signed 2018-08-30 12:40:56 -0400
    Robyn Harper
  • Denise Luna
    signed 2018-08-16 12:26:25 -0400
    Please help us save our water friends
  • Karuna Eberl
    signed 2018-08-13 16:56:13 -0400
  • Ryan Imhof
    signed 2018-07-28 16:51:35 -0400
  • Alain Dezii
    signed 2018-05-28 01:52:53 -0400
    Alain Dezii
  • Irene Misconi
    signed 2018-04-22 08:46:53 -0400
  • Emily Bourie
    signed 2018-04-10 11:53:43 -0400
  • Emma Godwin
    signed 2018-02-22 11:15:27 -0500
    I personally think that it’s really amazing for all of you to be doing this SAVE THE ANIMALS!!!:))
  • John Hayth
    signed 2018-02-19 13:53:12 -0500
  • Katherine Bowden
    signed 2018-02-02 12:49:42 -0500
    We need to save as much green land as possible in our country to keep ourselves and the environment.
  • jolett reyes
    signed 2018-01-25 16:05:10 -0500
  • James Keys
    signed 2017-12-27 09:37:59 -0500
  • Vanessa Tabor
    signed 2017-12-16 22:09:20 -0500
    Vanessa Tabor
  • Ulysses Dorazio
    signed 2017-10-19 18:46:45 -0400
  • Jose Rueda
    signed 2017-09-17 22:18:16 -0400
    Save the Everglades!
  • Mark Hofmeister
    signed 2017-06-17 11:52:40 -0400
  • sabrina ramos
    signed 2017-06-14 17:54:44 -0400
  • Brock Horner
    signed 2017-04-16 20:25:42 -0400
    We as a civilized society need to take action in protecting our estuaries. By coming together we can push for renewable energy and fight for the balances that we have interrupted to be restored. Thank you for all you do.

    Sincerely,

    The Horner Family/SWFL Natives
  • Donald Colombo
    signed 2017-04-12 07:44:11 -0400
    SAVE THE EVERGLADES!!
  • Matt Presby
    signed 2017-03-04 10:05:57 -0500
    I grew up in Florida and fished the glades in my youth. Natural beauty and clean water for this remaining frontier should be preserved for all time.
  • Connie Washburn
    signed 2017-02-16 18:49:07 -0500