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Adam Putnam meets angry River Warriors

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Posted February 14, 2016
Indian River Lagoon Pollution cont'd

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Adam Putnam encounters River Warriors, and they're angry about continuing ag pollution!

Florida Secretary of Agriculture, Adam Putnam visited the Economic Council in Martin County, Florida on February 11, as toxic agriculture waste poured into the Indian River Lagoon via the St. Lucie River flowing east, and into the Caloosahatchee River flowing west.

Protesters heckled Putnam for his lack of leadership and failure to push for harsher penalties on huge polluters like Big Sugar. For years, the pollution has continued.

Bullsugar, Citizens for Clean Water, Save the Indian RIver Lagoon, River Warriors, Indian RIver Keepers, Florida Oceanographic Society, Everglades Foundation, Rivers Coalition and Save the Caloosahatchee and other groups were present to give Putnam a piece of their minds over the recent discharges from Lake Okeechobee. The citizens maintain that Amendment 1 money should be used to restore the natural flow from Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades after Big Ag cleans up their environmental pollution. Buy the Land, Clean up your mess and Send it South NOW, the people said.

Amendment One supporters unsuccessfully urged the purchase of ag land south of Lake Okeechobee for purpose of absorbing polluted discharges from the lake, instead of dumping the pollution into St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers, as has been the continuing practice for years, producing great harm to the lower Indian River Lagoon.

Putnam, who is expected to run for Governor, tried his best to give excuses -- we've had a lot of rain and so on -- for the discharges from Lake Okeechobee. But the people in Stuart had clearly heard it before.

See YouTube video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LWenTwa9o8

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LINKS

Rivers Coalition: St. Lucie River's Decline
http://riverscoalition.org/reports-info/st-lucie-rivers-decline/

River Warriors in Stuart FL
http://www.riverwarrior.net/

#BULLSUGAR
https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/bullsugar

TV News report
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQZi6PSiy9o

Crisis in the Indian River Lagoon: Solutions for an imperiled Ecosystem
http://fl.audubon.org/crisis-indian-river-lagoon-solutions-imperiled-ecosystem

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Legislature slow to act on Indian River Lagoon’s septic tank pollution
TCPalm, by Isadora Rangel, Dec. 6, 2015

There are as many as 600,000 septic tanks in the five counties along the Indian River Lagoon and pollution from them is a primary source of pollution in the estuary, a recent study found.

Yet septic tanks have not received as much attention in the Legislature in the last two years as other lagoon polluters, such as Lake Okeechobee discharges.

The last time lawmakers addressed the issue in a comprehensive manner was 2012, when it repealed mandatory septic tank inspections once every five years.

Environmentalists hope increased awareness about the harms of septic tanks will encourage lawmakers to consider new statewide policies to reduce their numbers and determine how much it would cost to help local governments switch to sewers. …

http://www.tcpalm.com/news/indian-river-lagoon/health/legislature-slow-to-act-on-indian-river-lagoons-septic-tank-pollution-25ed382c-328a-655c-e053-010000-360606661.html

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