WINK News: Does Florida’s new law go far enough to protect our waterways?

July 7, 2020

Published by WINK News, July 6 2020
Reporter: Stephanie Byrne
Journalist: Jackie Winchester

Does a new law designed to protect our waters go far enough?

While many agree that the Clean Waterways Act is a step in the right direction, some believe it falls well short of what we really need and doesn’t get to the root of the problem that contributed to water woes in 2018.

“It does contain a lot of the things that we, the task force itself, put into the consensus document that we wrote up,” said Dr. James Sullivan, a member of the Blue-Green Algae Task Force.

“Things like transferring septic permitting, septic system permitting, from the DOH to the DEP, which is probably where it truly belongs.”

Others who keep an eye on our water, like the Florida Springs Council, believe the new law doesn’t go far enough.

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