Activists call for clean water fix
GAINESVILLE, Fla -- Protestors in North Central Florida are calling for change to the state's proposed water legislation bills that govern quality and conservation.
"Without water, we wouldn't have life," said activist, Scott Camil.
Camil is one of many throughout the state, raising his voice for water.
"Right now we're just giving water out, but we have no inventory of it," said Camil.
A group in Gainesville joining with more than 100 businesses and organizations across the state on Wednesday, opposing the new House and Senate water bills. Water bills they say fall short.
"If we don't act as citizens right now, we're gonna have a bill that controls the fate of our water supply and water quality for decades to come," said Frank Jackalone with the Sierra Club.
They are concerned the bills don't establish conservation as a priority, set deadlines for limiting fertilizer runoff, or immediately address falling water levels.
"We're not being careful, we're not conserving, we're not being efficient in our use of water and our use of fertilizer," said activist, Bob Knight.
Rallies like the one in Gainesville joining with others in Orlando and Merritt Island on Wednesday morning. All calling for action from Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli.
"They are responding only to the industries who make a profit by extracting these resources. They are not responding to the public and that's ridiculous," said Knight.
"In some cases, written into the bill, there will be delays of 20-30 years, before clean water rules will be put in place. That's unacceptable," said Jackalone.
In an email to TV20, the President Gardiner's office stated that while he is happy to receive input,"President Gardiner... believes the Senate has reached consensus on this important legislation and he looks forward to bringing it to the senate floor."
"Our grandchildren can't wait for these improvements," said Jackalone. "We have to have clean water for our families, we have to have clean water for the environment."
"It's really important to bring this to their attention," said Camil.
The water bills will be brought to the Senate floor in January.
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