Environmentalists Protest Proposed Water Legislation Over Algae Concerns

Apr 15, 2013

Environmentalists around the state are protesting two bills in the legislature they say will lead to more algal blooms in the St. Johns River and other waterways.

The bills, SB1808 and HB7115 would give the Florida Department of Environmental Protection the authority to establish water quality standards. It's part of a deal made by the state with the Federal Department of Environmental Protection.

Environmental activist gather on the Northbank Riverwalk to protest two bills in Tallahassee.
Credit Kevin Meerschaert

But the protestors, including the St. Johns Riverkeeper, say the legislation doesn't go far enough to protect waterways.

Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman says the bill doesn't address problems like algal blooms until after they happen. She says its far more effective to try and prevent the blooms from occurring.