FL Conservation Coalition urges Congress to vote no on legislatio​n to weaken Clean Water Act


The Florida Conservation Coalition has requested that members of Florida’s congressional delegation vote against House Resolution 5078, the “Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014.” This legislation by Florida Congressman Steve Southerland is an unnecessary and poorly considered attempt to block adoption and implementation of the proposed “Definition of Waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act” rule, which clarifies federal jurisdiction to protect America’s waters and associated wetlands.

Florida’s water resources and their wetlands are paramount to our safety, economy, quality of life and environment. Florida’s water resources rely on wetlands, and Florida has already lost half of its historic wetlands acreage. Continued degradation is a key issue for Florida which has the most wetlands of any state in the lower 48 and relies on these resources for drinking water, flood protection of infrastructure, water storage and groundwater recharge, water quality, habitat protection and a recreation oriented economy.

You can find contact information to call or write your congressperson, and ask them to Vote No on H.R. 5078, by clicking here.

The full FCC letter to Florida’s congressional delegation is attached below.

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