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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Regarding the FINAL VOTE TO SAVE TAMPA BAY & RIVER FROM POLLUTION
PLEASE READ ALOUD AT THE TAMPA CITY COUNCIL MEETING (EMAILED TO TAMPA CITY COUNCIL):
Our water is our area's most precious resource and it is not sustainable. As we know, nitrogen based fertilizers and other pollutants are now at such a serious level everywhere that this continuing damage and the resulting runoff has caused a dead zone in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico bigger than the state of New Jersey. Mother Earth does not create more water, we have to be responsible for what we have and we need to protect it! It goes without saying that this same kind of dead zone can happen right here in Tampa Bay and the surrounding areas. Our aquifer and watershed are under continual assault from pesticides, pollutants, industrial waste, saltwater immersion and other toxins every day. Let's start the stewardship with something that we know we can change, right here and right now! There are so many other choices that can be made regarding fertilizers, organic for instance, especially during the rainy season. We need to adopt an ordinance similar to the one that is already in use in Pinellas County. Let's ensure that our future here in Tampa includes clean, pure and fresh water for the next generations.