The Florida Peninsula is one of the most unique landscapes on earth. Periodically inundated in a sub-tropical setting, it features one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, the Everglades. The control of this water—draining it, redirecting it, and containing it—has been an evolving story over the last two centuries of man versus nature. And a story where there is no true winner, unless we can find a balance that ensures the ongoing health of each.
In 2000, Congress passed the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), outlining the steps to a cleaner future. However, CERP has suffered from a lack of funding and political support since then.
Thanks to the efforts of Captains For Clean Water, other conservation organizations, private businesses and concerned citizens, there is renewed energy behind funding programs to build the infrastructure needed to clean and send the water south to the Everglades once again. You’re invited to join the fight and help protect our way of life for future generations.
Senate Bill 2508 was filed mid-session, 2022, as a budget bill with major policy changes.The bill prioritized Big Sugar interests, creating consequences for Everglades restoration and water quality progress.
The opposition groundswell led by Captains For Clean Water mobilized the public in force. Public pressure forced two amendments and the removal of a budget boobytrap. Public engagement also eventually led to a historic veto by Governor Ron DeSantis.
This eye-opening and important documentary is the story of the Captains for Clean Water’s fight against SB 2508, to guarantee the future of Florida’s waterways. Join us on December 4, 2023 at 7pm for a screening of this unforgettable film.