Developers continue to submit proposals that would encroach on the Everglades, destroying many of the benefits that restoration promises. The Everglades are the home of hundreds of unique species of plants and animals, including 67 threatened or endangered species. A mere 10 percent of the former wading birds that once inhabited the Everglades still exist today.
- Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
Thank you for your commitment to improving water quality across the country. While the EPA is engaged in several clean water initiatives of great local or regional significance, there are two steps you can take that are vital to protecting the Florida Everglades.
First, we need to restore the Clean Water Act. We need to do everything possible to protect our source waters and wetlands.
Second, we need to reduce water pollution caused by stormwater runoff. Going forward, it is important that you promote measures that will cut new runoff pollution by setting strong numeric standards for all new development, apply standards everywhere (including suburban communities), and reduce the runoff at existing development through green infrastructure and low impact designs.
The Florida Everglades are the home of hundreds of unique species of plants and animals, including 67 threatened or endangered species. A mere 10 percent of the former wading birds that once inhabited the Everglades still exist today. This is why strong protections are necessary to defending and restoring this national treasure.
Thank you for standing strong for clean water protections that will ensure the longevity of the Everglades.
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