Keep Florida Green In 2017

Keep Florida Green In 2017

The 2017 Legislative Session starts on March 7 and lasts for 60 days. Committee meetings have already begun. The Federation will focus on four major issues this Session, which are specifically outlined below. 

Please contact your Senators and let them know your thoughts: 

  1. Conservation Land Funding:  Since 1990, both Republican and Democratic Administrations have supported a robust conservation lands program. In 1900, Florida was home to one million residents. We are now at 21 million and growing. To keep a high quality of life, we must preserve our remaining open space, water resources and wildlife habitats. In 2014, 75% of ...

The 2017 Legislative Session starts on March 7 and lasts for 60 days. Committee meetings have already begun. The Federation will focus on four major issues this Session, which are specifically outlined below. 

Please contact your Senators and let them know your thoughts: 

  1. Conservation Land Funding:  Since 1990, both Republican and Democratic Administrations have supported a robust conservation lands program. In 1900, Florida was home to one million residents. We are now at 21 million and growing. To keep a high quality of life, we must preserve our remaining open space, water resources and wildlife habitats. In 2014, 75% of Floridians supported setting aside dedicated funding for land and water protection.  By the use of targeted land purchases and the wider use of perpetual conservation easements, we can ensure that future Floridians may enjoy the real Florida and its natural wonders. 
  2. Everglades Restoration: The Federation supports the concept put forward by Senate President Negron to create a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee so that excess water from the Lake may be cleaned and sent south to rehydrate the Everglades (SB 10). The result would be the mitigation of pollution of the Indian River Lagoon and the Caloosahatchee River, and the assurance of water to the Biscayne Aquifer, which one-third of Floridians rely upon.  
  3. Ban on Fracking (Hydraulic fracturing): The Federation supports a ban on fracking in Florida (SB 442). Fracking, otherwise known as well stimulation treatment for exploration or production of oil or natural gas, entails a process heavy in the use of freshwater and carcinogenic chemicals. The risk to our precious water supply is too great to allow this activity.
  4. Flood Mitigation Incentives: The Federation supports measures to incentivize local governments that proactively mitigate the community impacts experienced by increased flooding. More specifically, the Federation advocates for increased participation in the Community Rating Systems program and adaptation plans focused on restoring low-lying flood prone areas to serve as natural buffers and wildlife habitat.
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