The Florida Conservation Coalition is hosting a water workshop and festival to educate the public and influence policy makers about the problems facing Florida’s troubled water bodies.
The organization, founded and chaired by former Florida Gov. Bob Graham, will try to bring attention to the problems that drought, over-pumping, saltwater intrusion and pollution have had on the state’s waters.
The coalition also is trying to coordinate efforts to reinstate former funding levels for Florida’s five water management districts and support the agencies’ land purchase and conservation programs, recently gutted amid budget cuts.
Among the speakers scheduled for the “Speak Up for Silver Springs and Florida’s Water” festival are Graham and former state senator Lee Constantine.
Graham said during a Wednesday telephone interview that it’s Florida’s responsibility to pass on its resources to future generations.