The Florida Legislature has been in session since less than a week and already the state’s water policy is under attack. HB 7003, crafted by the Department of Agriculture, will delay clean-up of pollution and will shelf already established water quality standards.
This means we are backsliding on existing commitments to clean-up Florida’s largest lake – Lake Okeechobee. Lawmakers want to use a voluntary phosphorous pollution called best management practices (BMP’s) control program rather than tie pollution to permits and how much pollution the lake can actual handle. This jeopardizes the drinking water supply of millions of south Florida residents, tourism-based industries that rely on healthy coastal communities.