Making Waves for Our Waters
There are plenty of Florida-based environmental groups you can support with time or money—after you make sure you’re comfortable with their interests and resource allocation, of course. Some are local branches of well-known national or global organizations, such as the Sierra Club. Others are less recognizable but just as active. Here, three reputable water-focused groups to consider:
FLORIDA CLEAN WATER NETWORK
This organization is led by Linda Young, a Florida native who has repeatedly shown up at public hearings and gone to court to argue against weakening water pollution standards. floridacleanwaternetwork.org
A group of California surfers started the Surfrider Foundation because they were troubled by the dangers of surfing in polluted water. The foundation has 11 chapters in Florida, each campaigning to protect beaches and the ocean. surfrider.org
Founded by Hudson River fishermen in New York, the Waterkeeper Alliance now boasts nearly 300 chapters worldwide. Nine are here in Florida, ranging from the Emerald Coastkeeper in the Panhandle to the Miami Waterkeeper in South Florida. waterkeeper.org
Take a look at some of Florida’s biggest environmental challenges, heroes and hopes in A Look at Florida’s Best Beaches.