Target: Florida Governor Rick Scott
Goal: Correct pollution of estuaries in Florida to reduce the deaths of inhabitants of the ecosystem.
Waters from Lake Okeechobee, a known center of disastrous pollution, have recently been released into nearby estuaries in attempts to control high water levels in the lake. The solution to this lake-level issue has been causing even more disastrous consequences as the pollution is destroying delicate estuary ecosystems. Reefs and sea grasses which help maintain the estuaries are being damaged, and oysters, manatees, and shellfish are also dying from the pollution.
This careless method of polluted water disposal is creating a string of disastrous effects and setting a poor environmental precedent that could be replicated in other cases. It is creating an unnatural habitat in which pollution is being distributed to clean waters, and the equilibrium of salt and fresh water in the estuaries is being disturbed, destroying entire ecosystems.
Alternative solutions must be sought to correct damages and prevent future damaging impacts on wildlife and ecosystems. Polluted water should be treated to the greatest extent possible to effectively reduce pollution. When a water-level issue occurs, water should be disposed of in other, less sensitive locations, such as the Everglades where incoming water is treated and filtered.
Please sign the petition below to insist efforts be made towards correcting pollution damages to estuaries and maintaining wildlife.
Dear Governor Rick Scott,
As you are aware, polluted waters from Lake Okeechobee have recently been drained into surrounding estuaries. This action has resulted in severe consequences including the disturbance of sea grasses, reefs, manatees and various shellfish. These estuaries are delicate environments and the polluted waters are virtually destroying an ecosystem and all of its inhabitants.
On behalf of the preservation of the environment, we ask that you make efforts to prevent any further pollution to these estuaries. This can be done through water treatment at Lake Okeechobee, disposing of polluted water in other locations like the Everglades, which are filtered and treated, and by any other means possible. We urge you to make this issue a top priority and secure the future of natural ecosystems and wildlife.
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