Clean Wa­ter Rule must be pre­served

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - OPINION -

As a Reg­is­tered Nurse, I agree with the edi­to­rial, (In­vad­ing Seas: DeSan­tis must tackle cli­mate change, sea level rise as part of en­vi­ron­men­tal plan, Nov. 28). The pro­jected cat­a­strophic eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal losses are still pre­ventable if we act now. How­ever, the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is cur­rently mov­ing to re­peal the Clean Wa­ter Rule, which pro­tects the drink­ing wa­ter of over 117 mil­lion Amer­i­cans, in­clud­ing Florid­i­ans.

Florida is noth­ing with­out its clean, clear, beau­ti­ful bod­ies of wa­ter and beaches, many of which have been closed due to toxic blue-green al­gae blooms and red tide. The alarm­ing health ef­fects of these toxic blooms range from ir­ri­tated eyes and throat to de­men­tia and liver fail­ure.

Our new gover­nor and sen­a­tor need to make pro­tec­tion of Florida’s and the coun­try’s wa­ter a pri­or­ity, while fo­cus­ing on the causes of cli­mate change. Step one is to pre­serve the Clean Wa­ter Rule.

Pa­tri­cia Diaz, Oak­land Park

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