Cathy Harrelson

Restore Florida’s Nature Coast

Florida’s Nature Coast has some of the most beautiful and unique rivers, streams and springs in the world, but too many of these waterways are threatened by pumping and pollution. Take action today to urge state leaders to protect two of these amazing gems, the Chassahowitzka and Homosassa rivers.The Chassahowitzka and Homosassa are both designated …

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Florida Springs – Still Down and Still Dirty

This articles is excerpted from Gulf Currents, GRN’s quarterly newsletter. To read the rest of the Summer 2014 edition of Gulf Currents, click here.Weeki Wachee Headspring. Photo credit: CathyHarrelson.In spite of strong organizing by citizens and environmental groups and unanimous support in the State Senate, the Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act failed to pass …

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Climate Change in Florida – Threat from Below

In the U.S., we’ve seen year after year of record high temperatures, droughts in Texas, massive storms and surges, shifting plant zones and loss of species diversity. As the state with the most shoreline at risk, the climate change threats to Florida from sea level rise are legion. Many of our “leaders” continue to deny …

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Fracking Victory in Florida!

Florida Panther at Big Cypress National Preserve. Photo credit: National Park Service/Ralph Arwood.As we Floridians continue to guard our coastlines against offshore drilling, Texas oil companies are quietly moving to drill for oil in our backyards using a technique known as “acid fracking” . Acid fracking involves injecting massive quantities of fresh water, toxic chemicals …

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Say ‘No’ to the Sabal Trail Pipeline

Florida’s besieged waterways are facing a new threat: Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC, wants to run a natural gas pipeline over, under and through our aquifers, rivers and springsheds. Our waters are already under threat from runoff pollution and over-pumping, and this major pipeline would risk sinkholes, gas leaks and aquifer contamination. Florida’s water is too …

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Hands Across the Sand and Land

Hands Across the Sand and Land in St. Pete.Photo courtesy of Danielle Carapellucci.Hands Across the Sand and Land joined Keystone XL National Day of Action on May 17th in a global call: No Dirty Energy, Clean Energy Now. Communities around the country are facing threats from coastal and offshore drilling, the Keystone XL pipeline, seismic …

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Join Hands against dirty fuel

Joining Hands in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2012. From Alaska to Florida, from Pakistan to Kenya, thousands of people will join hands at noon on May 17, for the fifth annual “Hands Across the Sand and Land” event. Come to your local Hands event to call for clean and renewable energy and to say “no” …

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Florida water – still down and still dirty

The Florida legislative session ended last Friday without passage of the Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act. In spite of strong organizing by citizens and environmental groups, and unanimous support in the Senate, even the watered down version from Agricultural, industrial and Florida Chamber of Commerce interests failed to move forward in the Florida House. …

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Florida’s Springs Can’t Wait

Florida’s springs are under siege. Ask Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford to support springs restoration today!Florida is home to over 1000 springs – more than any other state. These bowls of liquid light are world class jewels in Florida’s crown that provide natural, recreational and economic values; but they are in danger. Florida’s springs are …

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A tale of two hearings on Florida fracking

Florida Panther at Big Cypress National Preserve, which is near the site of the proposed fraking well. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service/Ralph Arwood.On March 11th, a powerful coalition of neighborhood groups, environmental organizations and outraged citizens gathered at a community center outside Naples, Florida to take a stand against acid fracking. They raised …

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