Clean Water Rally Takes on Tallahassee
By Tiarah Dukes
Florida’s Water and Land Legacy Coalition’s Clean Water and Amendment 1 Rally was held Wednesday at the Capitol. The fight for clean water is still an uphill battle. Last November, the Water and Land Conservation Amendment was approved by Florida voters.
Amendment 1 supporters want money allocated to protect Florida’s waterways and conservation lands.
There have been over 4,000 comments submitted to the Florida Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation committee on where the funds should be allocated.
Numerous supporters traveled from all over to the Capitol to make sure the State of Florida is aware of what the people want. Andrea Rea traveled all the way from Floral City to make sure her voice was heard.
“I am here because I can’t believe what corporate businesses are doing to our waters. They pay small fines but in order to stop their toxic pollution, they should be indicted and sent to prison. Fines are no longer working when you have billions of dollars,” said Rea.
She did not make this journey alone.
Rea was accompanied by eight other members of the Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Church to participate in the rally.
Several organizations participated in the rally such as ReThink Energy Florida, Sierra Club Florida, Wakulla Springs Alliance and Environment Florida.
Former Attorney General of Florida Bill McCollum shared his support for conservation efforts.
Jennifer Rubiello, Campaign Organizer for Environment Florida, made her way from St. Petersburg. Rubiello and other organizations joined together to help make this rally happen.
“We want to close a huge loophole in Amendment 1 that leaves drinking water at risk. Also, we are working to restore clean water protection,” said Rubiello.