Right to Know

Right to Know

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Floridians have the Right to Know if the waterways they recreate in are polluted with fecal indicator bacteria. 

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has verified fecal bacteria impairments in nearly 1 million acres of coastal estuaries and 9,000 miles of rivers and streams. 

That may sound like a lot, but many waterbodies in Florida are not even being monitored for fecal indicator bacteria (FIB). 

Only a very small subset of all statewide recreational waters, designated as bathing places, have required warning signs or advisories.

The state's inadequate notification system and ineffective restoration plans are putting an increasing ...

Floridians have the Right to Know if the waterways they recreate in are polluted with fecal indicator bacteria. 

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has verified fecal bacteria impairments in nearly 1 million acres of coastal estuaries and 9,000 miles of rivers and streams. 

That may sound like a lot, but many waterbodies in Florida are not even being monitored for fecal indicator bacteria (FIB). 

Only a very small subset of all statewide recreational waters, designated as bathing places, have required warning signs or advisories.

The state's inadequate notification system and ineffective restoration plans are putting an increasing number of Florida residents and visitors at risk to dangerous pathogens found in fecal contamination.

This campaign is maintained by Calusa Waterkeeper.

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Right to Know if Florida Waters Are Safe

Please help urge Florida legislators to make public notification of fecal bacteria contamination in our waterbodies more comprehensive and consistent. 

The Safe Waterways Act (SB 604 / HB 393) is designed to address this public health risk.