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To confusion's question: Aquifer flows from Miami north through Georgia. This is the basis for recent court battles between Georgia and Florida. Georgia wants more water from Florida's aquifer and Florida does not have more to spare.
Suggestions (Immediate & Long Term) for Florida's Water contamination;
1. Education - Environment education needs to begin in grade school and continue through high school (Earth Science). Is it mandatory in schools today?
2. Sewage Pollution - The city and state cannot fund the massive costs involved in changing all Florida residents to municipal treatment plants, but state, county, & city can begin to regulate septic systems with system output regulations, periodic inspections, & enforcement. Why is this not prioritized?
3. Media - PFOA/PFOS ground water contamination is a national problem especially in Florida. DOD is currently requesting Congress to increase PFOA/PFOS in ground water by 100 times current CDC recommendations because DOD estimate cleanup costs will exceed $21 billion initially. Florida has the second most military bases in the country (3 in Jacksonville), yet media coverage to residents is minimal. Will it take a death for media to inform Florida's residents about the present seriousness of this problem?
Finally, what is being done today and not tomorrow to clean the water? Another state committee or new personnel only procrastinates the current contaminated waters' problems. The waters need to be cleaned today.
If you're not concerned now, you may be after reading this article;
I appreciated Bud Duthie's presentation at the JBC MAIN EVENT Meeting. However, I left with more questions and some confusion.
If the aquifers flow from Washington DC (or, North of us) to Miami, where does the pollution really start?
I heard five different solutions. Which is/are the highest priorities?
The problem leaves a lot to consider. Who has a clear direction?
Project WET could be a very useful resource in teaching environmental stewardship and reaching the hearts and minds of those who will grow up to be our next generation of leaders. I'm aware that the St. Johns Riverkeeper has used some of their resources. However, Project WET doesn't have any current projects or partners in our area. This could be an opportunity our community could explore. https://www.projectwet.org/
Ray Hays of Gemstone Media has graciously shared the link to his documentary.
Thanks so much Ray!
So, where do you care to start?
I wish to thank Bud Duthie for sharing his contacts with us. I am going to reach out to them with a personal invitation to join us here. Before I do, I invite you to post a comment, a reply or start a new topic. Imagine how your guests would feel if they arrived for your party to find an empty house.
Seth Godin, is the author. This is a blog post from 3/8/2019. It echos Ray Hayes comment from your Main Event. The Question is this, what can we do to disrupt or transform this obstacle?
Seth's Blog : Embracing externalities
The world is better because industrialism made it better.
The world is worse because industrialism made it worse.
When a factory makes something that people want, they buy it. When a competitor improves it, it gains in market share. When a third competitor becomes more efficient and lowers the price, even more is sold.
And so we have safe, clean, cheap food that can sustain us. We have antibiotics that can save a life. We have transportation systems that just a hundred years ago would have seemed like a fantasy.
The ratchet of industrialism is tied to the fast-moving cycle of the market, fulfilling needs and wants and making a profit.
That same system, though, is insulated from the damage it causes. When a factory makes a product but pollutes the river that flows by it, the factory doesn’t pay for the pollution unless required to. When a marketer seduces people with short-term delights that cause long-term health problems, the marketer doesn’t pay for it, the customer does. And when the weapons manufacturer produces ever more lethal weapons, it’s the person who stepped on the land mine who pays the price, not the person who made it or purchased it.
The opportunity is simple to describe but requires real effort to achieve: the community must enforce systems that build the external costs into the way that the industrialist does business. Faced with an incentive to decrease bycatch, waste or illness, the industrialist will do what industrialists always seek to do–make it work a little better, a little faster, a little more profitably.
Industrialism can’t solve every problem, but it can go a very long way in solving the problems that it created in the first place.
When facing a long-term, chronic challenge, we can look for a ratchet, a long-term positive cycle that helps us overcome that challenge.
Externalities aren’t external, and we shouldn’t treat them that way.
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