Florida’s water quality has continued to decline despite previous attempts to clean up our waterways. The Florida Right to Clean and Healthy Water Amendment aims to empower Floridians to ensure that agencies enforce policies to protect our waters. Florida Oceanographic advocates for strengthening and enforcement of water quality standards. The linked petition below is the first step in getting the amendment on the 2024 ballot where voters will decide whether to amend the Florida Constitution.
It creates a fundamental right to clean and healthy waters, clarifies prohibited actions and inactions that harm (or threaten to harm) waters, and defines important terms. It also allows Floridians to enforce this right through the ability to sue state executive agencies that violate this right, empowering courts to look at the science and truth (and not politics) of what’s going on before awarding equitable relief to the situation.