Waterkeepers Florida is a regional entity composed of all 15 Waterkeeper organizations working in the State of Florida to protect and restore our water resources across over 45,000 square miles of watershed, which is home to over 15 million Floridians. Part scientist, teacher, and legal advocate, Waterkeepers combine firsthand knowledge of their waterways with an unwavering commitment to the rights of their communities and to the rule of law. Whether on the water, in a classroom, or in a courtroom, Waterkeepers speak for the waters they defend – with the backing of their local community and the collective strength of Waterkeeper Alliance.
2022 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act — one of the most effective U.S. laws ever enacted and a model for clean water laws across the globe. By establishing citizens’ right to enforce it, the Clean Water Act served as a powerful tool to end the culture of dumping raw sewage and industrial waste into our rivers without consideration of public health, public use, or environmental repercussions.
The Clean Water Act sought to ensure every American had access to safe, clean water, but that promise is not yet fulfilled.
Florida’s waters are continually plagued by harmful algae blooms. 2021 set a new record for manatee deaths due to starvation caused by poor water quality. Waters across the state are becoming impaired faster than we are able to restore them.
Using the Clean Water Act, Waterkeepers across Florida have been fighting for over 20 years to protect the waterways that are the lifeblood of our state.
Read the WKFL 50 Years of the Clean Water Act Report