On February 4, 2022 the Florida Senate filed Senate Bill 2508, a dangerous piece of legislation that posed a major threat to Everglades restoration and clean-water progress. The bill would have undone years of progress and reverted water management back to an industry-serving system that prioritized water supply for special interests at the expense of everyone else. That would have guaranteed more harmful discharges to the coasts, more toxic algae, less water to the Everglades, and incalculable economic and environmental losses that harm all Floridians.
Thankfully, however, our supporters GOT LOUD, and there was an outpouring of public opposition to SB 2508—including that of Governor Ron DeSantis, who slammed the bill. Ultimately, the bill was vetoed in a landmark moment for clean water that sent a clear message about the importance of water quality. It was also a reminder of the power we have as individuals to influence change, because the precedent-setting moment would have never happened without every single person that did their part to oppose the bill—no matter how big or small.