Sierra Club in partnership with the Amelia Island Earthkeepers is showing the film Troubled Waters on Friday April 7th at 6:30pm. EVERYONE is welcomed, this is a FREE event, invite your friends and share widely. Produced by Ray Hays and PRC Digitial Media and funded by St. Johns Riverkeeper, Troubled Waters is a call to action for all of Florida’s rivers, lakes, springs, and aquifers.
We will follow this important short (50 minute) movie about our waters with a panel discussion regarding local environmental issues and safety. Our very knowledgeable panel includes Rick Frey, St. Mary’s Riverkeeper; Alex Kearns, St. Mary’s Earthkeeper chairperson; and Barbara Bond, author Everyday Enemies, a novel based on real life events in Woodstock, N.Y. and Washington, D.C. in the 1980s.
Despite their importance, Florida’s waterways are suffering from significant pollution problems such as fertilizer runoff, poorly treated municipal and industrial wastewater, and failing septic tanks. Combined with the impacts from a rapidly growing population we have a potential recipe for disaster.
Consequently, we are standing at a critical crossroads, as the ecological future of Florida’s waters hangs in the balance. Will we continue with the status quo or choose a more sustainable path forward?
What is happening to the St. Johns River is emblematic of the water quality and supply challenges we are facing throughout Florida, highlighting the significant pollution problems that exist and the impending water crisis that we face. We have an opportunity to forge a new, more protective and sustainable path. We simply cannot afford to continue to sacrifice our valuable water resources for the politics of the moment and the fortunes of a few.
Water is the lifeblood of Florida’s economy and essential to our health and quality of life, and it is up to us to determine its future.