Stop Ag. fertilizer runoff to the Indian River Lagoon and St Lucie River
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RIVER KIDZ: Local, State and Federal Governments

Stop Ag. fertilizer runoff to the Indian River Lagoon and St Lucie River

    1. Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch
    2. Petition by

      Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch

      Stuart, FL

We must petition our government to stop allowing Agribusiness' polluted fertilizer runoff from the Kissimmee Basin, Lake Okeechobee, the EAA and the C-Series Canals to pollute the Indian River Lagoon and the St Lucie River of Martin County and the Treasure Coast. This is a highly documented problem. In 2000, the National Academy of Science & National Research Council documented in their national publication "Clean Coastal Waters, Understanding and Reducing the Effects of Nutrient Pollution," time sensitive recommendations for halting the immense amounts of phosphorus and nitrogen entering coastal waterways. It is 2012 and not enough progress has been made. Extensive agriculture fertilizer application, especially in the past 50 years, is the number one cause of "eutrophication" or toxic algal blooms as well as overall declining health of our waterways and ocean. Poor water quality; seagrass loss; fish kills; dolphin, manatee, fish deaths and sicknesses; dying coral reefs and human sickness are just a few of the documented problems caused by excess nutrients from fertilizer. The state has implemented "Best Management Practices," or BBPs, in the Agriculture Community to deal with this problem; however, there is no true policing of runoff amounts as agriculture is considered to have a "presumption of compliance" if they are participating. The amount of fertilizer and chemical runoff into local waterways remains extremely high and the Indian River Lagoon and St Lucie River continue to decline. Many local communities have placed fertilizer restrictions upon themselves through enactment of local ordinances. It is time to require the same of big agriculture.

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    News

    1. US SENATOR BILL NELSON RECEIVES RIVER KIDZ' RIVER PETITION.

      Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch
      Petition Organizer

      TH RIVER KIDZ GAVE THIS PETITION TO US SENATOR BILL NELSON YESTERDAY. THE WORD IS GETTING OUT! PLZ SHARE & SIGN!

    2. "Half way there! " 250 out of 500 signatures accomplished!

      Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch
      Petition Organizer

      If you are up to it, please share this River Kidz petition and see if your friends will sign. Thanks so much. RIVER KIDZ founders, Naia Mader 11, & Evie Flaugh, 12, and the River Parentz behind the scene.

    3. RiVER KIDZ SAY THANK YOU & ASK 4 YOUR HELP IF U HAVE TIME

      Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch
      Petition Organizer

      We now have 181 signatures and hope to get 500 total before we present to elected officials. Your comments and signatures rock! We got a THUMBS UP in the Stuart News last week because of you. We know you're busy, but if you can forward our petition to your friends, we'd be forever "river thankful!" Evie Flaugh & Naia Mader, Founders, the RIVER KIDZ

    4. 114 people have signed the RIVER KIDZ petition for the Rivers and Lagoons!

      Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch
      Petition Organizer

      Thanking you for your quick support and comments!

    5. 100 people have signed the RIVER KIDZ petition for the Rivers and Lagoons!

      Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch
      Petition Organizer

      Just sharing our success through you! Thank you!

    6. Reached 100 signatures
    7. 48 people signed the RIVER KIDZ petition today. Thank you so much!

      Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch
      Petition Organizer

      Just a quick update

    8. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • angie erckert STUART, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      Because I have 2 children that should be able to enjoy the river as much as I did growing up.

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    • Michele Langevin STUART, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      Need to have a healthy enviroment so that we all have healthy minds and bodies. Please allow this to happen

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    • Allen Frank STUART, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      This is one of many issues endangering our waters.

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    • Barbara Clowdus HOBE SOUND, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      Our lives depend on having healthy rivers, a vibrant ocean and clean water.

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    • Dennis Phelan JENSEN BEACH, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      I want clean waterways and live sea grass to provide a healthy habitat in the estuary.

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