Addressing the Short and Long-Term Impact of Red Tide/Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) © 10/6/18
Red Tide is a naturally occurring phenomenon but evidence shows human activity such as runoff from lawn fertilizers, cow pastures, agriculture, sewer systems and septic systems is feeding these Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) making them more wide-spread and long-lasting. The toxin that has killed several hundred tons of marine life in Pinellas County is also affecting local air quality and can impact public health.
Since Red Tide arrived on our shores, Amy has spent time interviewing clean up crews, small business owners and residents about their experience. She has also sponsored a special Town Hall about Red Tide to help the community to share their concerns and come up with solutions to this economic and environmental challenge. She has also spent time talking with Waterkeepers, environmental attorneys, meteorologists and other officials to help address this challenge.
As a result, Amy has established a list of policy recommendations that she plans to implement as a Pinellas County Commissioner. The plan will help reduce the harmful impact of Red Tide in the coming weeks and years. We would like to hear your thoughts on this issue. You are invited to share your feedback at email@example.com.
Amy is proud that Healthy Water and Beaches has been her top campaign priority since it began. This is why the starfish is part of her campaign logo. As a recent cancer survivor she understands the connection between a environmental and human health. Amy has worked at the forefront of the green economy for twelve years and is looking forward to implementing solutions that helps our ecosystem, economy and community thrive. Unlike her opponent Amy will never take donations from major polluters; she will protect Florida’s precious waters from fracking, oil drilling and other pollutants and she will ensure that our beaches remain publicly accessible.
Amy’s Red Tide Plan:
- Find and employ more quantitative and efficient ways to monitor air and water quality to keep the public more regularly informed.
- Educate the public about ways to document the impact of HABs on their health.
- Educate local businesses about ways to document the physical and economic impact of HABs on businesses and workers.
- Ensure there is adequate signage on beaches regarding water and air quality.
- Educate the public about ways to avoid HABs and their effects.
- Establish a reliable way to monitor air quality and alert the community as we do with water quality.
- Immediately extend and enforce the ban on fertilizers during HABs.
- Incentivize Florida Friendly landscaping practices to use less water and chemicals.
- Minimize sewage overflows by diverting rainwater into the ground through more emphasis on downspout disconnects, rain barrels, swales, rain gardens and permeable pavement.
- Re-establish and enforce septic system inspections.
- Immediately work with state leaders to advocate for small business disaster loans below the 18 percent rate.
- Educate small businesses about disaster support services and work with area agencies to assist businesses with applications.
- Work with state leaders to extend the deadline for disaster loans beyond Nov/Dec if needed.
- Allocate more of the County budget toward strengthening impacted businesses with grants and business development assistance.
- If legal claims are pursued against major polluters, work to ensure the claims of homeowners, small business owners and others are adequately processed and awarded.
Sign our Red Tide Plan petition here to help make a difference.