Stop South Florida's Sewage Sludge from Polluting the St. Johns River!

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Years ago, legislation was enacted prohibiting the land application of sewage sludge from adding additional nutrient pollution to South Florida waterways.  

As a result, more than 89,000 tons of South Florida's sewage sludge is being disposed of annually within the Upper Basin of the St. Johns River.  The runoff from the sludge is fueling harmful algal blooms and undermining downstream public investments to reduce nutrient pollution in our river. 

WHY THIS IS BAD NEWS FOR THE ST. JOHNS RIVER:

  • The annual disposal of more than 89,000 tons of South Florida's sewage sludge within the watershed of the St. Johns River is fueling toxic algal blooms
  • This transfer of pollution from South Florida to the St. Johns River watershed hurts businesses and citizens impacted by toxic algae blooms and saddles local governments and taxpayers with the cost of cleaning up this serious pollution problem. 
  • Instead of providing the same protections for ALL of Florida's waterways, FDEP is ignoring the urgent need to stop pollution at its source and continues to allow the disposal of South Florida's sewage sludge in the watershed of the St. Johns River.

WE WANT THE SAME PROTECTIONS AS SOUTH FLORIDA:

We urgently request Governor DeSantis to issue a moratorium on sewage sludge applications within the St. Johns River watershed
until this urgent pollution problem is resolved.  Legislation or rules must be passed that provide the same protections as South Florida, requiring permit applicants "to affirmatively demonstrate that the nutrients in the biosolids (Class B) will not add to nutrient loadings in the watershed."  ALL of Florida's waterways deserve to be protected. 

Learn more at stjohnsriverkeeper.org.