Waterkeepers Florida

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 FL5.org, is petitioning to have five proposed constitutional amendments placed on the 2022 general ballot. Four of […]

Florida’s first-ever chief science officer left, but when, and what did he do?

BY: - March 30, 2021

At a press conference Tuesday morning praising an Everglades restoration project, Gov. Ron DeSantis made an unrelated surprise announcement: Florida’s first-ever chief science officer, Thomas K. “Tom” Frazer, had left the post. How long the post had been vacant was unclear. DeSantis said only that Frazer had gone to work as a professor and dean […]

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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. […]