Clean Waterways Act

Florida environmentalists seek legal rights for water and wildlife through constitutional amendments

BY: - July 20, 2021

A network of environmentalist underdogs who proved last year they could beat the system at the local level is taking its pro-nature campaign in Florida to voters statewide for 2022. The network, through a political action committee called, is petitioning to have five proposed constitutional amendments placed on the 2022 general ballot. Four of […]

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To fix Florida’s latest toxic algae crisis, fix the DEP

BY: - June 3, 2021

Dear Gov. DeSantis, Hello again! I wrote you a letter last year and you didn’t respond, but it’s OK. I figure you’re pretty busy, what with battling the cruise industry and Big Tech. I’m writing to you again because you’re facing a great opportunity right now, and I want to be sure you don’t miss […]


FL’s first chief science officer talks about the job — and the controversy

BY: - May 13, 2021

Last week, I had coffee with a scientist named Tom Frazer. I was trying to nudge him to say some things about his former boss, but he was choosing his words verrrrry carefully. We sat at a sidewalk table in downtown St. Petersburg, both of us fully vaccinated but still maintaining our social distance, because […]

New chief science officer faces old problems of harmful algae, polluters and politics

BY: - March 31, 2021

Tampa-based scientist and ecohydrologist Mark Rains, Florida’s new chief science officer, is an active researcher and professor who will soon be using his expertise to influence decision-making and policy in legislative and political realms. Rains was named chief science officer – the state’s second CSO – by Gov. Ron DeSantis, who announced the appointment Tuesday […]

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DeSantis signs water-quality bill touted as historic, yet also condemned as polluter-friendly

BY: - June 30, 2020

Over strenuous objections from leading water-quality advocates, Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into law the “Clean Waterways Act,” adopted in March by the Florida Legislature. During a press conference and bill-signing Tuesday in Juno Beach, DeSantis described the new law as the most significant advance in decades toward reducing the water pollution plaguing Florida waterways. […]

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Clean-water coalition asks governor to veto watered-down legislation

BY: - March 24, 2020

A coalition of 50 clean-water organizations in Florida are calling on Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto the 2020 Legislature’s “Clean Waterways Act,” insisting it won’t clean up the state’s polluted waterways and will falsely give the impression in an election year that pollution is under control. “If signed into law, CS/CS/SB 712 will only make […]